I am 20 years old, have played 6 sports since I was 4 years old, with tennis being played at the collegiate level.
It doesn't matter what sport you play, as long as you are aware of the way you play it. I personally have played a total of 6 sports throughout my 20 years. These include soccer, swim, water polo, basketball, lacrosse, and tennis. I played most of these at the competitive level, with the exception being tennis, at which I played at the collegiate level. I currently am going to Folsom Lake College in Folsom, California.
What I mean by "Knowing Your Sport" is that you must know the effect you have on the game, as well as the effect the game has on you and your body. A prime example of this is Derrick Henry (if you are familiar with the Titans running back). Henry has a routine that he does each and every week in order to get prepared for his games each weekend. The reason his legs stay so fresh is because he is aware that he cannot be running for over 200 yards without some sort of plan in order to allow his body to continue to run. Without a plan or routine of some sorts, it will be hard to excel as well as you want to in your sport.
Another way to "Know Your Sport" is to watch film. The most helpful is watching yourself and/or your team play in a scrimmage or game. Another thing that I have found helpful is watching highlights of players that you think you are trying to resemble. For example, if you are a Striker in soccer, you wouldn't want to watch a center back and see how he plays, you would watch somebody like Messi, Ronaldo, or Salah. Depending on how you play then, you can determine who your playstyle is most like.
While all of these factors matter in performing to the best of your ability, you must be able to use all of these to your advantage. The reason some of the best athletes in the world are the best, is because they understand that it isn't just following steps. You have to conform to what is best for YOU, and realize that it most likely won't be the same for everyone. Although many athletes follow these steps, you have to do what is best for you, regardless of what anyone else does.
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