Stress brings tension, anxiety and worry. But breathe deeply and often these negative feelings will be relieved. Now take a look in a dictionary. You will find that "to aspire" once meant "to inspire".
This raises a question: Could stress and inspiration be more closely related than we imagine?
It can not be denied that the best athletes regularly use pressure as a source of inspiration. They understand that it is a part of the game: the more you repress and resist the pressure, the more stressful that becomes; The more you recognize and accept the pressure, the more inspiring you can be.
The 2011 Women's World Cup offered the world a clear example of this. During the grueling competition, Captain Christie Rampone, 36, along with her teammates in the US Women's National Soccer Team, illustrated how professionals can use pressure effectively to break down obstacles in place to allow them to stop them.
She is [Christie Rampone], a great leader not only with the example and what she does to prepare herself, but how she treats the other athletes, the staff and everyone else involved. She makes you feel like she's in the trench with you.
Bruce Snell, athletics coach of the United States women's soccer team during the 2011 World Cup
The art of recovery
"The pressure is good, butterflies are good. It's interesting, "said Rampone," but it's about channeling it correctly and not letting your emotions get the better of you. "
Knowing how to handle situations personally comes with experience, he added. For her, a big part of this was learning how to recover to perform at the highest level with the best soccer shoes in the world.
Although recovery is a remedy to relieve pressure, it is an active process. Bruce Snell of Northwest Sports Physical Therapy in Washington State was a physical trainer for the United States team at the 2011 World Cup.
"It's an all-day activity, when we're training," he said. Hydration and electrolyte levels are taken care of In this World Cup, we introduced quick-release massages right after an ice bath to help your legs feel better. You recover from a day's work and prepare for the next day's work. "
His work is a 90-minute game that exposes the human body to some of the most exhaustive physical demands of all, from endurance to speed, and strength and power.
"It covers all the crux of athletic prowess," Snell explained. "What these athletes put their bodies through over time is amazing, they do not really have a free season, it's a 12-month test, so you always have to stay in shape. "
Rampone is undoubtedly the most suitable person in the team, and there is no doubt that she is the most veteran player. As a central defender, she uses fast-twitch movements when she runs at full speed and trims, and her strong upper body to battle against the forwards of opposing teams. She manages physical stress with one to two ice baths per day, recovery drinks to replenish vitamins and minerals, and wears tight compression suits at night to reduce swelling and muscle pain.
"I have not been saved from a hit on the field and I have never missed a session because of my age," he said. "But I'm definitely more aware of my recovery techniques and what I put in my body as I get older, I probably wear the compression suit more than I need it, but I have to take care of my body, especially the joints, and even though I'm a mother and have two children, I have to make sure I sleep Enough at night. "
A captain stays calm
Rampone welcomes the responsibility of being captain. His position in the field requires constant communication with the players around him.
"That's where it can get exhausting for me," she said, "trying to keep everyone in good shape and push the team in. I try to take charge immediately of whatever happens and not let something persist. "
In this way, it has become the reassuring presence in which her companions trust.
"I have that reassuring effect of being more serene and not really showing my nerves, even if I have them, it's just the way I present myself through my game," he said.
Having a captain who does not lose her temper allows others to express their emotions more freely and use those feelings to fuel the competitive impulse. However, there is always the risk of losing a player because of the fever of the moment, if it is a badly called referee or the trash talk of an opponent who takes an athlete out of the game. Controlling emotions and recovering concentration avoid mental errors and communication problems.
That does not mean you do not want emotion.
"You love her," Rampone said, "to make sure you care and that you're there for the right reasons, get on the field and make sure you do everything right, work hard and battle. will come".
Determined to be better
Overview of US women's professional football
Women's football made its way into the American sports scene when the 1999 US national team won a penalty shootout in China in the final the world Cup.
It failed shortly after, however, when the Women's Football Association of the United States, the first female professional soccer league in this country, joined in 2003 after three full seasons and nearly $ 100 million in losses.
It was not re-launched until March 2009 under the name of the new and current league, Feminine Professional Football. Although the United States National Team had won gold medals at the 1996, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, the sport has struggled to resonate in the United States.
Upon entering the 2011 World Cup, the US team continued to go unnoticed. According to Rampone, team members learned what people were saying about their sport: that it was failing and that the team was falling apart. The women felt the weight of those words and decided to accept them instead of resisting.
And in doing so, Rampone says, they became stronger as a team.