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How To Improve Self-Confidence & Self-Belief As An Athlete.

Self-belief doesn’t come easily.

In the age of the social “highlight reel” fuelled by filtered Instagram photos and 15-second stories of athletic mastery (that took 115 takes to get right) it’s easy to feel like you suck. In fact, even though social media has provided a platform for people to celebrate their bodies, develop self-confidence and share their message, the data is unequivocal: major depressive episodes for adolescents and young adults has increased significantly since 2005.

So it is easy to feel like everyone is doing a better job than you and it’s easy to get stuck in the comfortable rut of being at the top of your local comp but not “good” enough to take the next step. While there can be a million different reasons for your lack of belief in yourself, there are two things that you absolutely need before you can be your best.

Those two things are consistency and progress.

Consistency is the difference between “I think I can” and “I know I can”. It is the pillar that you lean on when the going gets tough in a game and it’s the reason that you’ve gotten this far in the first place.

Consistency is your rock but it can also be your anchor.

Have you ever heard the saying “If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got”? Well, that quote is talking about consistency. It’s talking about consistency without progress. As a developing athlete, progress is the caveat to consistency. So how do we get a handle on both?

The 3 best ways to ensure consistency are:

1) Have a goal. You are going to need to make a lot of decisions through your athletic career, that’s a lot of chances to be inconsistent. If you have an overarching goal that you can relate each decision-making process to you will put yourself in the best position to stay on track. Think “How does this decision help me to get to where I’m going?”

2) Have a plan. If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there. This rolls on from number 1 nicely. Your plan is the road to your destination. There will always be hiccups (injuries, losses, self-doubt) but if your plan is laid out before you it is that much easier to pick yourself up and carry on.

3) Routine. This is the boring part that you never see your athletic idols burying themselves in. This is the kindling before the flames. Without routine, there is no success. I will be blunt with this point – eat like you know you should, sleep as much as everyone tells you to, and no, you can’t skip that boring training session your coach meticulously planned for you!

How do I make sure that I keep progressing?

1) Stay uncomfortable. If you are comfortable you aren’t getting better, I can promise you that! Those cold, early mornings on the field are the difference between you and the old you. They aren’t comfortable, but man they are necessary.

2) Be firm but fair on yourself. Something every athlete hears from me during our first week together is “you are not allowed to get mad at yourself for not being good at this stuff right away, I could give you everything you’re good at but that won’t make you better.” If you kick yourself too hard when you are down progress will be too hard. And we all know you are your worst critic.

3) Surround yourself with a good team. You can’t do it alone and no one expects you to. That plan that we talked about earlier, make sure it includes your friends and family, good coaches and the best training environments that you can find for yourself. Having the right support is paramount to your long-term progression.

There will be a lot of twists and turns throughout your journey as an aspiring athlete, but if you can control and implement these 6 points for yourself you will be in the best position possible to take charge when it matters and to have the belief in yourself to keep pushing even when it all seems hopeless. Now get to sleep, tomorrow’s early morning session won’t wait for you!

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  • Bachelors of Physiotherapy
  • Masters of Strength & Conditioning 

This may not be a PC thing to say, but when Lachlan and I met Mon, we were immediately in love. She got the role as an intern before she left the interview (which we never do).

We knew Mon would be an amazing fit from the get go — her passion for sports is infectious and she’s a dynamic young physiotherapist keen to combine her skills as a strength and conditioning coach. It’s the 1-2-3 combination we look for in our staff and any athletic facility can only dream of in a hire.

Since starting with us, we’ve had to put a pause on the amount of positive feedback we receive about her — it’s clogging my desk space.

You’ll see Mon on the gym floor, keeping our athletes tuned in the physio clinic and out on the pitch with the Mac Uni AFL team as their Head of Performance.

Justin Richardson

Athletic Physiotherapist & Rehab Coach

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Physiotherapy
  • Masters of Strength & Conditioning (undertaking) 

Justin has developed a passion for sports performance, finding his greatest interest in bridging the gap between traditional hands-on physiotherapy and the guidance and care required to get an athlete back to sport and performing at their best.

Having worked with the Cronulla Sharks and South Sydney Rabbitohs, he has a deep understanding of the requirements to succeed at a high level of sport and is committed to providing you with the expertise to help you get back to doing what you love.

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Lead Sports Physiotherapist

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  • Bachelors of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)
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Alan is a titled APA Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist who has spent his whole career living and breathing sports rehabilitation.

His career as a physiotherapist has seen him work with the NSW Waratahs and the Sydney Blue Sox, managing injuries that range from the acute-stage to end-stage rehabilitation. His philosophy aims to address long term athletic development and bring high-performance rehabilitation to athletes.

His work has been in close proximity to rehabilitation coaches, strength & power coaches, head coaches and high-performance managers, making him an asset on your journey to rehabilitation and back to full health.

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Sports Doctor

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  • Bachelors of Medicine
  • Post Graduate Diploma of Sport & Exercise Medicine

Dr Tom Longworth became a registrar of the Australasian College of Sports and Exercise Physicians in 2016 and is currently in his 3rd year of specialist training. He completed his medical degree with the University of Newcastle in 2010 and has had 5 years of experience in Emergency and intensive care medicine across Australia since graduating.

He has a wide variety of experience working with elite sports people, currently assistant medical officer at The Sydney Roosters Rugby League Club, team doctor for the Sydney FC Youth League and Head Doctor of the World Champion Jillaroos (Australian Women’s Rugby League Team). Other sports coverage includes the Sydney 7s rugby union, Australian school boy rugby union, Bledisloe Cup and National Rowing regattas as well as voluntary work abroad with the Surfing Doctors’ Association.

Dr Longworth has recently completed his postgraduate diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine through the University of Bath (UK). He has published research relating to stem cell treatment for knee osteoarthritis and is currently investigating concussion incidence in the NRL, as well as conducting a trial on shin splint management.

Tom currently sees our athletes out of his home base at Eastern Suburbs Sports Medicine Centre.

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Lachlan began his professional sports coaching career as the second ever employee at the GWS Giants in 2010-11 season prior to entering the AFL in 2012. Over 7 seasons, Lachlan grew a team of talented young men into back-to-back preliminary finals contenders. As the head of strength and power, his role was to turn teenagers into physically dominant men, developing their strength, power, speed and most importantly, their resistance to injury.

In 2018, Lachlan’s success afforded him the opportunity to shift codes, having been offered the role of High Performance Manager for the NRL’s Parramatta Eels.

In as little as one rebuild season, he had taken the wooden spooners of 2018 to the finals in 2019, where they inflicted the greatest defeat of the Brisbane Broncos in NRL history. By 2019, it was time for Lachlan to go ‘all-in’ on his other baby, Athletes Authority.

Now, Lachlan leads the performance program, designing the programs for all the athletes here. He works closely with the sports medicine team, just like he did in pro sport, to help athletes achieve more and reach new heights with their athletic careers.

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Karl began his career in coaching as a Personal Trainer back in 2007. After competing for NSW as a Baseballer, and then competing at an elite standard as a cyclist throughout university,  Karl received the opportunity to work with Gordon Rugby in the Shute Shield competition. From there, he found a way to marry his passion in sports and competition with coaching; selling his investment property to start Athletes Authority in early 2016.

Starting from humble beginnings, the facility vision was taken to another level when Lachlan and Karl partnered up in 2017 and Athletes Authority was incorporated. It was no longer just a gym training athletes; Athletes Authority was committed to becoming a brand athletes worldwide could rely on for quality coaching, advice and service.