March Newsletter

Jeremiah Stanton

Team Newsletter

Volume 5, Issue 3

 

A plan is only as good as those who see it through.
Team,

We had a flurry of changes the past month and a half.  There were a lot of practice changes that will help us get a little bit closer to normal.  We also had meets come available very quickly!  Thank you parents and swimmers for adapting so quickly!  We also want to thank everyone who stuck by MAKO during the pandemic.  Your support, trust, and loyalty in our program and coaches helped us survive.  We are not out of the pandemic but we are getting close!
This past weekend we went to Midland to compete and we did extremely well!  We had a lot of strong swims resulting in PRs and fantastic races!  Way to go swimmers!
This weekend we will have our coaches meeting to finalize the triathlon team training and open water team training.  We will update you with that after!
Pups swimmers/parents, we have a lot coming to the 6pm time slot and then there aren't as many for the other 2 sessions.  We encourage some to go to the later sessions. This will allow us to make sure all/most pups have headsets.
In addition to those teams, we will be starting up a summer league swim team to compete in a league we created with Sports and Wellness.  Our summer league team will be named the Hammerhead Sharks.  This league is designed for our swimmers who have not achieved more than 2 state times.  We will be sending out signups for this team shortly
We are still in talks with our local pools to see about getting swim meets going for our teams.  As usual this will happen very quickly if approved.  Be on the look out for those communications and job signups.  
Reminder to look at our opportunities brought to you like private coaching/lessons, swim supplies, and more!
 

Together we can go far!
 
 

 

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Happy Birthday to Our March Birthday Swimmers!
 
Josiah  Borrego
Jacob  Anderson 
Jonas Bouvet
Ziyah Chavez-Rodriguez
Jeremiah  Borrego
Thomas McCarthy
Joshua Barker
Kyle Barker
Dylan Fredette
Emma Hagan
Jude Matthew
 
 

CBD and Sports Athletic Performance.

According to recent research released in 2020, CBD may support athletes in many ways but you will need to make sure you get your CBD from a verifiable source like Elementz CBD

Reduced inflammation and pain

A 2020 review published in Sports Medicine analyzed preclinical animal studies and clinical CBD trials in non-athlete populations. The authors found that CBD may promote physiological, biochemical, and psychological effects potentially beneficial to athletes. 

One of the key findings of the review is that CBD could help alleviate inflammatory pain associated with tissue damage and neuropathic pain caused by nerve damage or irritation. This could signal an important advantage for endurance athletes: repetitive, long-distance workouts can provoke inflammation and irritation in peripheral nerves.

Protection against gastrointestinal damage

The above Sports Medicine study also found that CBD may protect against gastrointestinal damage. Athletes who regularly engage in strenuous activity can reduce oxygen and nutrient delivery to their gastrointestinal (GI) tract. 

GI stress can negatively influence exercise performance and recovery due to nausea, vomiting, and impaired nutritional uptake. Preclinical research has shown that CBD can reduce tissue damage and restore the permeability of the intestine.

Bone health

The above authors additionally provided evidence that CBD may support healthy bone deposition and help heal fractures. Healthy bones are essential for athletes, and bone health is sometimes compromised by traumatic injuries or inadequate energy availability.

Management of sports performance anxiety

CBD may also help athletes manage sports performance anxiety, according to the Sports Medicine review. Anxiety before a competition can cause sleep loss, increase energy expenditure, and impair nutritional intake.

According to the authors of the review, studies in non-athlete human populations have indicated that CBD may relieve anxiety in stressful situations. CBD could even be more effective when teamed with psychological interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapies.

Neuroprotective qualities to protect against brain injury

Another 2020 study, published in Pharmacological Research, also weighed the validity and applicability of existing CBD research for athletes. These authors emerged with similar conclusions but with a slightly different emphasis. 

CBD’s neuroprotective properties were singled out for their potential to counteract harm that can occur following a sports-related concussion. These concussions are considered a variation of mild traumatic brain injury and can lead to harmful long-term complications such as neuronal damage. 

The authors of the study emphasize recent research in an animal model demonstrating that CBD oil could help treat pain, aggression, and depression linked to mild traumatic brain injury. CBD oil also helped to counteract neuronal damage in the brain’s prefrontal cortex. The cannabinoid additionally inhibits oxidative stress and neuroinflammation, conferring further neuroprotective benefits. 

These are promising findings as there are currently no effective pharmacological therapies available to manage mild traumatic brain injury. Repetitive traumatic brain injury, which can be common in contact sports, may also lead to chronic neurodegenerative diseases such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). 

Sleep and wake cycles

The 2020 Pharmacological Research study also underlined the sleep-altering potential of CBD. Research in animal models has discovered that CBD may be both a sleep-inducing agent and a wake-promoting agent. This ability to produce opposite effects—known as biphasic effects—depends on the dose being used and seems to work most successfully when the natural sleep-wake rhythm has been disturbed. 

Lower doses of CBD seem to promote wakefulness, while higher doses appear to sedate and usher in sleep. Both properties may be beneficial: While the quest for a solid night’s sleep is invaluable before a big game, staying awake could also be performance-enhancing for athletes competing in ultra-marathons or endurance events.

But do any of these advantages come at a cost to performance on the field? Enhanced recovery and sound sleep may sound attractive, but not if they mean compromised balance or coordination. 

According to the Sports Medicine study, however, the answer is no. The researchers assessed clinical trials investigating the impact of CBD on cognitive and psychomotor function and found that current data suggests CBD is unlikely to negatively impact either in healthy individuals.

 
Awareness - Your Key to Developing Mental Toughness & Peak Performance

Do you want to take your training and racing to the next level? Do you want to better handle stress so that you more consistently swim to your potential? Would you like to be able to develop the mind of a champion?

If you're serious about your sport and have some big dreams that you desperately want to turn into a reality, then the one thing you need to “grow” as an athlete is your awareness of what I call your “mental strategies.” Awareness is your key to change and the key to performance excellence! 

Let me explain:

Your “mental strategies” are nothing more than what goes on between your ears both before and during your training and racing. This involves your last-minute thoughts as well as where you put your focus of concentration. Your thoughts, or what's called your “self-talk,” and how you handle them can greatly affect your confidence and motivation levels, your ability to stay calm under pressure and how fast you swim. Additionally, where you put your focus of concentration will also dramatically determine how mentally tough you are and whether you're able to swim to your ability. 

For example, if both your thoughts and focus go to the wrong things, that is, worries about disappointing others, how big, strong and fast your competition is, the times you need and worries about not reaching them or how bad you think you feel in the water, then you will make yourself nervous, lose your confidence and swim well below your potential. However, if you're better able to control your self-talk and focus, and keep them on what you're doing in the water, on your race strategy and the feel of your movement, one stroke at a time, then the performance results you'll get will be so much more to your liking!

In order to learn to develop winning mental strategies, you must first become aware of those that you're currently using. Specifically you want to become aware of the mental differences between when you swim fast and when you struggle! 

For example, when you swim fast, whether that's in practice or at a meet, what do you tend to think about and focus on before your swims? Is your mind quiet? Are you totally caught up with executing your race plan? Are you focusing on the feel of your swim like staying long or how much water you're pulling? Take a moment right now to think back to some of your best performances and try to remember exactly where your thoughts and focus were for these, both before and during your swims. Jot down what you discovered about your mental strategies that go with fast swims.

Next, think of some of those really bad swims you've had in the past. Can you remember what you were thinking about both before and during those swims? Were you caught up worrying about other swimmers? Were you being negative and questioning your ability to swim well? Were you thinking about how bad you felt in warmup or your upset over a previous race? Were you evaluating yourself while you were swimming? Write those thoughts and focus down on that same sheet of paper and then compare them with what you came up with for your best swims. 

Understand that swimming fast and swimming slowly is not a random kind of thing. It is directly related to what mental strategies you are using. This little exercise will help you begin to develop that all important awareness of the mental differences between your best and worst swims. This awareness will then put you in a position to help you begin to recognize when you're starting to make mental mistakes. Without that awareness, you will be unable to correct these mistakes. However, with an awareness that you're starting to think about or focus on the wrong things, you'll at least be in a position to be able to correct those mistakes before they result in a poor swim.

Remember, awareness is the foundation of change and the key to developing mental toughness! Take some time when you train and after races to work on developing this all important awareness of your mental strategies. This will be your key to more consistently swimming faster when it counts the most!