No high school student is the same.
Most high school athletes that I coach are aiming to earn college admission and scholarships with their athletic and/or academic ability. This process can become very confusing for both the parent and the students.
My job is to facilitate a healthier transition by ensuring high school athletes balance the high demands of the classroom and field of play.
How I Train High School Athletes
As a high school athlete at a military academy, I was fortunate to have a strong supportive staff of mentors that prepared me to play football at the next level. I pass on these foundational principles to every student-athlete that I coach to help achieve balance in their studies, athletic training, and social lives.
Together we prepare them to perform at a high level right now and through the transition from high school to their professional life.
"My goal is simple: Help athletes perform at the highest level on and off the field while setting their sights on the next level."
Dr. Judd has developed creative ways for athletes to become better communicators.
Together, we target the major issues in the student-athlete’s life that are holding them back and find productive ways to communicate their needs not only to others, but to themselves.
The environment we create has to be a safe place to face their fears so that they are able to face them outside of our sessions as well.
The skills built through this style of leadership will help them perform at their very best in every area of their lives by effectively communicating with teachers, coaches, trainers, and at home.
The steps to effective communication that we’ll cover:
Observations: Take responsibility for your reactions by directing your attention to your needs as the source of your feelings, rather than faulting others for your feelings.
Feelings: Learn to FIRST identify and express your emotions, THEN focus on the specific words that describe what you're experiencing rather than lashing out or placing blame on the actions of others.
Needs: By connecting your feelings with your needs, YOU are taking full responsibility for your emotions, which releases others from fault and blame.
Requests: When you learn to communicate clearly by shifting from demands to requests, you increase the likelihood of making a connection with others and getting your needs met.
Let's Get Started
During our first encounter, we’ll set a foundation by getting to know each other. A solid foundation of compassion must be created to have an atmosphere for growth and possibility.
Sometimes parents or teenagers would like to begin the first session together by voicing their concerns. I always welcome parents and caregivers to the initial sessions as it provides a wonderful opportunity to discuss everyone's needs together as well as areas of confidentiality.
I incorporate methods to help them regulate their breathing, heart rate (which will help lessen reactions to fear), and be more aware of unresolved issues that need to be processed. Student-athletes must become aware of their mind-body connection.
I go through detailed assessments to get to the origin of any physical and emotional pain. Once we specify your exact needs, then we are able to focus our attention toward your life goals.