Parents around the world face the difficult decision of letting their children pursue a career in sports as the traditional education system is not flexible enough to balance both sports and academics. This can take a toll on their academic qualifications or force them to quit their sporting dreams. Identifying the persistence of this issue in India, The Sports School was established in 2019 with the vision to integrate sports and education to encourage young sports enthusiasts and support professional athletes. The Sports School is the only institution in India that integrates sports and academics to create the perfect training ground for champions of tomorrow.
One of the best examples of success and achievements in both sports and academics is Shikha Tandon, Indian Swimmer & Sports Advisory Board Member at The Sports School. A Jain University Alumni, she also studied biotechnology at Bangalore University. Later, she completed her dual master’s degree in Biology and Biotechnology from Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, and then proceeded to work as Science Program Lead at US Anti-doping Agency, Colorado Springs, USA. Currently, she is working with Silicon Valley Exercise Analytics (Svexa), a physical training intelligence software company.
She has represented India in the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, and Asian games. She has won 146 national medals, and 36 medals in international competitions, including five gold medals to date. In 2005, she was honored with an Arjuna Award by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
Watch her interaction with our team, where she shares her insights on Swimming, Indian Sports & How Young Athletes should shape their careers.
When it comes to sports performance, what you eat, and how you think can affect your play as much training does. Factors affecting sports performance is a topic of constant change and has grown as a dynamic field of study. Research continues to advise improved guidelines and support for both active adults and competitive athletes.
What is Sports Psychology?
Sports psychology is the study of how psychology influences sports, athletic performance, exercise, and other physical activities. Professional sports psychologists regularly assist athletes to cope with the pressure that comes from competition and overcome problems with focus and motivation. They also work with athletes to improve performance and recover from injuries.
There are a number of different topics that are of special interest to sports psychologists. Some professionals focus on a specific area, while others study a wide range of techniques.
– Developing Focus: Involves the ability to tune out distractions, such as a crowd of screaming fans, and focus attention on the task at hand.
– Visualization: Involves visualizing performing a task, such as participating in an athletic event or successfully performing a particular skill.
– Motivation: A major subject in sports psychology, the study of motivation looks at both extrinsic and intrinsic motivators. Extrinsic motivators are external rewards, such as trophies, money, medals, or social recognition. Intrinsic motivators arise from within, such as a personal desire to win or the sense of pride that comes from performing a skill.
You can read our full blog on Sports Psychology, here.
What is Sports Nutrition?
Sports nutrition is often said to be the foundation of athletic success. It is a well-designed nutrition plan that allows active young and adult athletes to perform at their best. It supplies the right food type, energy, nutrients, and fluids to keep the body well hydrated and functioning at the best possible levels. A sports nutrition diet may vary day to day, depending on specific energy demands. It is unique to each person and is planned according to individual goals.
A nourishing diet can enhance an athlete’s performance, make them more efficient, and increase their recovery rate during a match rapidly. The intake they follow should promote muscle growth and repair.
An inadequate diet can hamper their performance and lead to an increased recovery rate. It can also lead to hormone suppression because sports generate a lot of stress hormones, and encourage your body to release energy stores.
You can read our full blog on Sports Nutrition, here.
On Thursday, 29th October 2020 at 5 PM, The Sports School is organizing an interactive IG Live session with Sports Psychologist Shubha Chittaranjan and Sports Nutritionist Shona Prabhu, where they will be clearing your doubts and discussing topics like:
– How Sports Nutrition & Psychology Optimise Sports Performance
– Role of a Healthy Mind & Good Nutrition in Sports
– How to Overcome Physical & Mental Fatigue
– How to deal with Pre-competition anxiety?
Don’t forget to attend if you want to get answers to your questions.
Breaking past the societal stereotypes and following passion has always been difficult, especially for female athletes in India. It was not until 1952 that female athletes from our country received any form of international recognition. Nilima Ghose, along with Mary D’Souza, became the first Indian woman to qualify and compete in the 1952 summer Olympics held in Helsinki.
“Sport is the most effective tool of empowerment,” quoted Suheil Tandon, founder of Pro Sports Development (PSD). Female representation in the sports industry is a way to break down stereotypes and give them the voice they deserve.
Despite the challenges, many female athletes have made the country proud with their exceptional talent. Let us take a look at India’s 10 most influential sportswomen:
1. Sania Mirza: Sania is one of the country’s biggest sports icons. She is the first and the only female tennis player from India with six major titles. Throughout her entire career, from 2003 to 2013, she was ranked by the Women’s Tennis Association as India’s No. 1 player.
2. Mithali Raj: The captain of the Indian Cricket team, Raj is the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket and is the only woman to surpass 6000 run benchmarks in ODI. Adding to her achievements, she is the first player to score seven consecutive 50s in ODIs and holds the record for most half-centuries in WODIs.
3. Mary Kom: She is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion and is the only female boxer to win a medal in each one of the first seven World Championships, and the only boxer to win World Championship Medals. Apart from her illustrious career as an amateur boxer, Kom was nominated as a member of Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament.
4. P V Sindhu: After making her debut in 2009, Sindhu rose to No. 2 in 2017. She is the first woman from India to win a silver medal at the Summer Olympics at the age of 21. She also became the first Indian Badminton World Champion. She has received many high-ranking honors and awards, including Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Arjuna Award, Padma Shri, and Padma Bhushan.
5. Sakshi Malik: With the 2016 Summer Olympics, this woman became India’s first female wrestler to bag a medal at the Olympics. Malik’s first success as a professional wrestler in the international arena came in 2010 at the Junior World Championship and then at the 2014 Dave Schultz International Tournament.
6. Geeta Phogat: Phogat gained attention after becoming the first Indian wrestler to win a gold medal at the commonwealth games 2010. She is also the first female wrestler from our country to have qualified for the Summer Olympic Games in 2012.
7. Deepika Kumari: Deepika Kumari is an Indian athlete who competes in the event of archery and is currently ranked world number 9. Despite being a former World number 1 in archery, she never received the recognition she deserved. She was conferred the Arjuna Award, FICCI Sportsperson of the Year, and Padma Shri for her magnificent game.
8. Dipa Karmakar: Karmakar is an Indian artistic gymnast. She gained national recognition after becoming the first Indian female gymnast to win a Bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Despite all the physical and financial adversities, she became a gymnast and made the country proud.
9. Tania Sachdeva: Tania Sachdeva is a prominent name in women’s chess. She owns the titles of International Master and Woman Grandmaster. She has played for the Indian national team in the Women’s Chess Olympiads since 2008, Women’s World Team Chess Championship in 2009 and 2011, the Women’s Asian Team Chess Championship since 2003, and the 2009 Asian Indoor Games.
10. Rani Rampal: Rampal is an important part of the Indian Hockey team. Her rise-to-the-fame match was Champion’s Challenge Tournament where she was adjudged ‘the top goal scorer” and the “young player of the tournament. At the age of 15, she became the youngest player to be a part of the national team in the 2010 World Cup.
Dribbling is solely the act of continuous bouncing of the ball with the help of your hand, which is fundamental to basketball. However, if you wish to master the game, it is necessary to understand the tricks and tactics that come with it.
Before we dive into various dribbling drills, let’s first get our position right. Bend your knees while keeping your chest up; this will allow you to look forward and keep an eye on the floor. Try looking forward while dribbling to have a clear vision of the court. Always use your fingertips to dribble instead of your palm; spread your fingers around the ball to achieve better control over it.
Moving forward, let’s start with stationary dribbling drills:
1) Ball Slaps – Hold the ball in one hand and slap as hard as you can with the other one. Now, switch the hand and repeat it. This drill can prove to be a very effective warm-up.
2) Wraps – There are various sorts of wraps. You can practice each one separately, and then club them together. – Around the ankle: Wrap the ball around your ankle without letting the ball touch the ground. – Around the waist: Wrap the ball in a circular motion around your waist. – Around the head: Wrap the ball in a circular motion around your head. – The figure of eight: Wrap the ball around your legs, making an eight.
3) Pound dribble – This drill requires you to bend forward and dribble the ball a few inches off the ground with one hand while looking forward. Start with your right hand first and then repeat with the left hand.
4) Kills – This drill involves dribbling gradually from ankle to shoulder height. Start dribbling from your ankle, and with each bounce gradually increase the height until the ball reaches your shoulder. As and when the ball reaches your shoulder, kill the ball and start from the ankle again. Execute this drill with both your hands, one after the other.
Stationary dribbling drills can be a good warm-up before your daily practice routine. Next, let’s take a look at the various on the move drills that will help you scale up your game:
1. Change of Speed Dribbling – This is an excellent drill that improves your control over the ball and teaches change of pace, which is quite helpful during a match. To execute this drill, take two balls (one in each hand) and divide your sleep levels.
2. Tight Cone Ladder – This is a high-intensity drill that improves ball handling, footwork, finishing, and shooting. For this drill, set up cones on the basketball court, in a way that they lead the player towards the rim. The cones should have enough space between them for you to dribble. As you go through them, the cones should be between your legs. You can dry different combinations of dribbling, in which each time the ball lands between the cones. Finish the set with a jump shot.
Being a part of the Indian Cricket Team has its own perks, and one of them is the money. When the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is the wealthiest cricket board, it is no surprise that they treat their players accordingly. However, their income source is not limited to cricket; many cricketers in India work with brands, run private businesses, and endorsements.
Let’s take a look at India’s five richest Cricketers:
1. Sachin Tendulkar
The God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, is the wealthiest cricketer not only in India but also in the world. His net worth is a striking 843 crores.
Tendulkar is a celebrated icon in the game and still holds the record of most number of centuries in ODIs and Tests. After making a debut in 1989, this Mumbai based cricket star retired in 2013, after a 24 year-long run. During the initial phase of his game, his sole source of income was match fees, but with time he started working with brands, advertisements, and endorsements. During his illustrious career, Tendulkar signed sponsorship deals with brands like Boost, Britannia, Fiat Palio, TVS, ESPN Star Sports, Sunfeast, Cannon, Airtel, Phillips, and Castrol India.
2. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
With a net worth of 814 crores, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, aka Captain Cool lands #2 on the list.
Under Dhoni’s captaincy, the men in blue attained unmatched success in the field by bringing home all three titles including ICC T20 World Cup, 50-over World Cup, and the Champions Trophy. Apart from cricket, captain cool has shown keen interest in hockey and football and is the co-owner of is also the co-owner of the franchise Ranchi Rays in Hockey India League and Chennaiyin FC franchise of the Indian Super League.
Dhoni lands among the world’s highest-paid sportspersons and has witnessed a spike of 32% in his net worth the past few years.
3. Virat Kohli
Third on the list is Virat Kohli with a net worth of 674 crores. Currently heading the Indian Cricket team, this young athlete is a prolific run-scorer, irrespective of the format.
According to BCCI’s central contract, he receives about 1.25 crore annually, as his retainer fee. Furthermore, Kohli has endorsement deals with several brands including Audi, Boost, Colgate-Palmolive, Gillette, Gionee, Herbalife, MRF, Puma, Punjab National Bank, Uber, and Vicks. A report suggests that his total earning is 14 crores annually.
4. Virender Sehwag
Fourth on the list is Virender Sehwag, aka Viru, with a whopping net worth of 293 crores. Sehwag was one of India’s most aggressive right-handed opening batsmen and a prolific right-arm off-spin bowler.
The man has endorsements with several brands like Adidas, Boost, Samsung Mobiles, Reebok, Karbonn Mobiles, and Hero Honda. Keeping the monetary measures aside, Sehwag is known for his charity work and support towards young athletes.
5. Yuvraj Singh
With a net worth of 256 crores, Yuvraj Singh lands fifth on the list. This all-round cricketer is unstoppable, which he has proven time and again to the world.
After his success in the 2011 World Cup, Singh was diagnosed with cancer, and many believed that this would be the end of his career. However, he fought the disease and came out stronger than ever.
Besides being a Grade A player, he is known for his foundation YouWeCan that supports various causes, raising awareness and helping cancer patients is one of them. The sportsman also owns a clothing line called YWC.
Playing Cricket in our gullies, neighborhood grounds, and schools is a part of Indian culture; our childhood is half-done without those memories. However, when contemplating a career in professional Cricket, following the right techniques is necessary. With the growing competition, learning skills that will give you a chance to stand out among the hundreds of thousands of other cricketers on the pitch are the need of the hour.
We’re going to talk about Bowling Techniques that are a must for cricketers in the initial phase of their career. But first, let’s explore the different types of bowling styles:
1. Pace Bowlers – Pace bowlers or fast bowlers use speed to their advantage against the batsmen on the field. These bowlers are further categorized based on their speed. Under Pace Bowlers, we have Swing Bowlers, who use the ball’s seam to make it follow a curved trajectory.
2.Spin Bowlers – Spin bowlers bestow rotation to the ball and use it against the batsmen. Again, we can classify them into two broad categories: wrist spin and finger spin. Wrist spin bowlers use their wrists to turn to the ball, and finger spin bowlers use their fingers.
Here is a list of drills that, if done regularly, can drastically improve your game:
– Practice the Basic Action
Holding the right posture while bowling is essential as it can aid your accuracy and improve balance on the pitch.
Approach and Bound: Follow a normal running pattern, arms close to the body, and hands above the waist. Jump off the left foot in case you’re a right-arm bowler and vice-versa.
Back-Foot Landing: Keep your hips and shoulders at 90 degrees to the back-foot landing position while the body remains upright and eyes fixed on the target.
Front-Foot Landing: The front foot steadies and supports to strengthen the shoulder rotation. The front foot points down the pitch for both the front-on and semi-front on actions, while at landing with the side-on action, it points towards fine-leg.
Release: Release the ball at the peak of your bowling trajectory. The front elbow drives into the front hip, and the front arm remains still at release. Ensure that the seam is vertical; keep the head still with the eyes fixed on the target.
– Target Practice
Nothing is better than the good old’ target practice. Bowling well means being able to hit the right spot with accuracy, that is, the stumps. It is a simple drill that requires you to bowl without a batsman on the pitch. You can follow this simple routine for any form of delivery:
Aiming at the top of the stumps, aka the bails
Fourth-fifth stump line – aiming right outside the off stump
Back to the deck – delivering the ball from height to extract extra bounce
Fuller to allow for swing
Slower balls and variation
The ultimate goal is to keep practicing. Maintain track of your progress and work on getting better; you are your best competitor.
– Prehab Drill – Med Balls Slam
This drill is a series of progressions –
Warm-up: Stand shoulder-width apart, holding the ball above your head with straight arms. Twisting your body, throw the ball on either side, one after the other, and catch it as it bounces back.
Double leg: Stand shoulder-width apart, holding your hands above your head. Make your friend throw the ball at your hand from 1m apart and try stopping it, bearing the force behind the ball. Once you’ve achieved this, bounce the ball back to your friend and repeat it.
Single leg (back foot): Repeat Double leg med ball slam, but only with your back foot on the ground. Don’t forget to align your foot the same as you land when you’re bowling.
Single leg (front foot): Repeat the previous step but now with your front foot.
– Double Target Practice
This is a variation to the traditional target practice. Over here, the bowler places two targets instead of one. The goal is to aim at one target, then switch to the other and hit it continuously. This drill will help you variate your line and length and set the batsmen up.
However, this practice is less useful for spinners as they rely on the flight and turn while hitting the same area consistently.
– Swing Drill
Swing drill will help you understand if you’re swinging the ball and where to start to achieve the desired result. For this drill, set up the single stump 5-6m in front of the stumps.
For outswingers, set up the stump on the fifth-sixth stump line and try to pass the right side of it. Aim at hitting or just missing the main stumps.
For inswingers, place the stump on about the fourth-off stump and pass the left side off it. Aim at hitting off the stump.
The best advice that anyone can give you is to keep practicing and exploring new techniques to scale up your game. Once you’re past the beginners’ phase, try creating your tactics that will take the batsmen by surprise when they least expect it.
At The Sports School, we believe in learning from the best. We have partnered with the Center for Cricketing Excellence and Chief Mentor Robin Uthappa to provide premier programs for dedicated student-athletes seeking exposure and excellence in Cricket. Our comprehensive yet intricate programs include both on-field and off-field development with specialized coaching for batting, bowling, and wicketkeeping. We provide students with insight into the latest in cricket technology, fielding drills to sharpen their reflexes, and personalized fitness & nutrition. Along with Cricket, we offer other sports like tennis, football, basketball, and badminton. Come and learn from the best mentors who share intensive first-hand experience in coaching and playing themselves.
Click Now to Know More About Our Cricket Program: Know More
For More Information, Please Leave Your Number, We'll Call You.
Looking at the sports industry, it’s only a few professions that catch our attention, like that of an athlete. Still, there is a broad spectrum of sports-related interdependent jobs that are beyond just athletic finesse. Jobs across this tangent are expanding faster than ever, with new opportunities every single day.
The sports industry has been growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.3% since 2014 and created a global market worth of $488.5 billion in the year 2018. Experts predict that it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.9% in the near future and reach nearly $614.1 billion by 2022. With such a phenomenal rate of growth in the industry and an overwhelming range of opportunities, it is the right time to think of a career in this industry. So, let’s dive in and explore the various career possibilities and decide which one is meant for you:
A professional athlete is anyone who competes in individual or team organized sports. Thousands and lakhs of youngsters aspire to make their way to the top, but only a few live their dream, and even if they do, their careers are short-lived. So what does it take to become a professional player? Well, it is your strong will power and a tiny bit of luck that does the magic. There is no specific degree that you need in order to be successful, but professional coaching and playing regularly will work in your favor.
Athletic trainers work on diagnosing and treating injuries sustained in the muscles and bones by athletes. They are healthcare workers and also help the athletes in preventing any further injuries. To practice as a professional athletic trainer, the minimum qualification required is a Bachelor’s degree in this field; however, a master’s degree is preferable.
Good communication skills
Compassion towards the patients
Good observation skills
Sports Coach The name speaks for itself. Sports coaches train sports enthusiasts to participate in matches at a professional level and familiarize them with the know-how of the game. There are various levels and groups of athletes that you can work with, ranging from school to state and national level teams.
To pursue a career in this field, you can look forward to a degree in sports coaching, sports management, and sports science. However, more than a degree, your experience in the field and an exhaustive knowledge of the game are valued. You can’t teach a game unless you know every tactic of it.
Good social skills
Team building ability
Understanding the physical and mental state of the athletes
Athletic directors usually look over multiple aspects of an athletic program, which includes hiring coaches, budgeting, promotions and the list goes on. Athletic Directors typically have a Bachelor’s degree in education, physical education or a relevant field, and a Master’s in sports management, administration, or business.
Marketing and Promotion Coordination
The job description for a marketing and promotion coordinator include preparing reports, analyzing the market, and implementing marketing strategies. This job requires a degree in marketing or a related field or working experience in digital and on-ground marketing.
Understanding the needs of your client
Exhaustive knowledge of the market
Physical therapists help their clients overcome injuries and disabilities with massage, exercise, and other training methods. Besides recovery, they also help in preventing any future injuries. To pursue a career in this field, one must have a degree in physical therapy or any other related field.
Assessing and interpreting patients
Consulting with other health care professionals
Excellent analytical and logical thinking
Up-to-date knowledge of treatment practices
MAs employed at a sports facility usually attend patients under the supervision of an orthopedist. Besides the usual responsibilities of collecting the patient’s history and symptoms, they are also expected to educate them about the procedures, repercussions, preventions, and so on. In a sports arena, MA can have various tasks ranging from administrative to clinical jobs. Hence, there is no specific qualification that is required.
Even though the nature of this job is not specific, some skills will add weightage to your resume:
Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology
Quick action to injuries
Sports and Fitness nutritionist
A sports nutritionist advises athletes on nutritional regimes that will help them achieve optimal performance on the field. A professional in this field need to be aware of the nutrients that athletes must include in their diet and the organic substances that will benefit them the most. Along with an in-depth knowledge of nutrients, they need to be aware of sports performance, requirements of various sports, and the medical history of their client. An aspiring nutritionist should have a degree in nutrition or related fields of interest.
A creative and innovative thought process
Excellent people skills
Knowledge of nutrition
Being able to explain the complex terms in simple words
Sports journalists gather information and report new developments that unfold in the sports industry. A sports background, first-hand experience as an athlete can give you an upper hand during recruitments.
Knowledge of the game
Research and analysis
A sports announcer is someone who paints a picture of the entire match with his descriptive commentary on radio, television, and internet broadcast outlets. As it requires extensive knowledge of the game, we often see retired athletes and coaches taking up this job. Someone with a degree in communication, journalism, and radio is eligible for this post.
The skillset that is a must if you want to create a career in this field:
Knowledge of the sport
Street smart public speaking skills
An engaging voice and tone
Sports agents handle sponsorship, public relations, financial planning, and contract negotiations on behalf of their clients. Even though it is not mandatory, a law degree is the best way to get into this profession because contract negotiation requires a legal foundation.
A love for the sport
Expert knowledge of their client’s career
Umpire and Referee
The job of an umpire is to officiate at sporting events to ensure that the match meets the standards of the game and players stand by the rules and regulations. Furthermore, they provide that the athletes are adopting no malpractices to win.
Quick judgment and decision making
A sports photographer takes pictures of sporting events, teams, or an athlete; you can work with a particular team, or work as a freelance photographer, and offer your photos for magazines and newspapers. A degree in journalism, photography, or a related field will be a boon for you during placements.
Love for the sport
Passion for photography
Sports lawyers represent their client’s legal concerns, and they often double up as their agents to put forth their financial interests during contract negotiation. You are entitled to various responsibilities such as securing and interpreting employment contracts, breaking down the legal repercussions of their acts, salary negotiation, overlooking sponsorship deals, and so forth. This job description mandates that you have a law degree.
In-depth knowledge of legal terms
Analysis of the industry
Good interpersonal skills
Accurate information about their client’s history
The Sports School, Bangalore was as established with the vision to integrate sports and education to encourage young sports enthusiasts and support professional athletes. With new opportunities arising in the Indian Sports Industry every day, we have introduced courses like BBA in Sports Management, MSc in Psychology with Sports specialization in order to keep up with the dynamics of the industry. Our schooling, pre-university program along with UG & PG courses are backed by the cohesive educational experience prepares well-rounded professionals who are both excellent at their game while being academically outstanding and can easily mold themselves in any career they wish to pursue in the sporting industry.
Physical fitness is of the utmost value for a career in sports, and when it comes to a game like a football that requires you to run across a hundred-yard field, it becomes all the more vital. Your stamina and speed on the area play a key role in your game, apart from fast reflex and football tactics.
Enhancing your physical endurance for a game doesn’t happen overnight; it takes years of practice and dedication to achieve that stamina and speed that can take you at the top of your game. Here are a few drills that can help you build up stamina and endurance:
1. Interval Sprints
Interval sprints require you to run a few yards and rest and then repeat the drill. These drills will help you prepare for the stop and run nature of the game. Here are a few variations of interval drills that can benefit you: Sprint-Stride Intervals: This technique will include alternate intervals of sprint and stride across the field. For instance, a player can run 20 yards of a sprint, followed by 20 yards of stride, and then repeat it until the endpoint of the field; this will make up for 1 set. Take a short break, say about 20-30s, and then repeat.
Tempo Run: Start at the corner of an end zone and stride for 100 yards. Jog across to the opposite side of the field and stride 100 yards again. Now jog back to the starting point and take a break. Repeat this drill for four times.
Huddle Sprints: Players sprint 20 yards to duplicate the action of a game and then jog back to the starting point. Take a small breather for about 15s and then repeat the drill. This is a very effective drill for replicating the aerobic and anaerobic conditions of a live match.
2. Dribble and Run
This drill requires a ball. You start at the touchline and dribble the ball at your best speed across the width of the pitch until you are parallel to the center. Now leave the ball there and run to the opposite side at 80% of your initial speed. Pace back to the center, maintaining your speed, and dribble the ball to the starting point as fast as you can. Take rest for the same time in which you finish the first set and then repeat the drill.
3. Around the Pitch
As the name suggests, this drill requires you to run across the field. For warming up your body, jog across the perimeter of the field until you reach back the starting point. Now run at 70% of your maximum speed and try to cover half of the lap maintaining it, and then jog your way through the rest of the lap. In the next round, increase the area you cover by a sprint to 70%. Slowly, but steadily keep expanding the area you cover with sprints until you finish the entire perimeter in one go.
4. Figure of Eight
Almost everyone has heard of the infamous figure of eight drills. Just like the name suggests, you have to make an ‘eight’ while dribbling the football. Take two cones and place them 4-5 yards apart. Now Dribble across the two cones while making an oval around each at your maximum speed. Throughout the drill, take short steps, and keep the ball near your feet, hit it with every step. It will give you better control over the football along with fitness conditioning. Condition training and physical fitness are as necessary as a solid command on the ball for a football professional. These are just a few examples of the various methods that you can adopt to increase your endurance in a game.
After years of dealing with the chaos and buzz of working in offices, traveling in the never-ending traffic, waking up early for schools and colleges, and being on your toes the entire day, this new development of working and studying from home came as a chance to relax for many. But, it was only a matter of time before it turned into a vicious cycle of wasted hours after hours, and pulling through the usual routine of weekdays seemed like a task. In these testing times, the simplest of things become difficult, as the world around us comes to a halt. Hence, our productivity drops down drastically, and we find it difficult to cope up.
Productivity, in general, is a combination of these seven factors:
However, being productive from home comes with its own challenges that we haven’t dealt with before. Some of the common reasons why it can be so demanding are the lack of social interaction, the monotony of work, and the common distractions at home. Moreover, one perk of going out is that we draw a line between weekends and weekdays; but while being at home, that line starts blurring out; every day is the same.
So how do we continue to be positively productive while staying at home and not give up on the monotone of this new normal? Let’s explore ways to stay motivated during these uncertain times:
Start your day with exercise and lemon water
Commencing your day with lemon water shoots up your energy level for the rest of the day, both physically and mentally. It also helps your stomach in absorbing nutrients better and keeps you going throughout the day. And while you wait for the lemon to do its work, use the time to squeeze in some exercise.
Researchers claim that people who work out in the morning are more productive and have a critical approach to getting things done. Exercising helps your body release GABA, a neurotransmitter, that soothes your brain and improves control over your impulses, and enhances focus and concentration.
Being at home means that you are on your own; no one will pester you with constant reminders on the time, deadline, and work that is pending. It can be both a blessing and a curse, depending on how you tackle the situation; either you take the opportunity and work at your own pace, or you bail out and procrastinate EVERYTHING.
Take control over your schedule, set aside leisure time, and ensure that you make the most out of the day. At times, the workload can get overwhelming, so divide it according to the urgency, and stick to the timelines.
Lose the nightsuit
One lagniappe of working and studying from home is the liberty to wear the most comfortable set of clothes and skip the morning shower because no one will know. Well, guess what? Maybe that is holding you back! Just because no one is watching doesn’t mean you quit following your morning routine. When you wake up in the morning and give yourself the time to freshen up and slip into casuals, it prepares you for the rest of the day, and you’re bound to feel more energized.
Create a workspace
Rule number one of working from home is to designate a space just for work. Personalize it according to your needs, stay away from all forms of distractions in and around your house, and try minimizing the clutter. A Princeton University report suggests that people who work in a clean and organized environment give better results than those who work in a cluttered one; it is because the clutter distracts them, and they lose focus.
Following a schedule is always ideal. Divide your time in a way that you have sufficient hours to complete your work, interact with your family and friends, and relax; after all, effective time management is the key to a healthy lifestyle. Following a rigid timeline can be stressful, so keep your timetable flexible but try to do as much as the day allows. Always make time for your hobbies and activities beyond college and work, never lose touch with your true self.
Over the years, we’ve all come across many articles talking about the cons of multitasking, and we can’t deny that it is not the best alternative, as some tasks require your undivided attention. However, you can club simple tasks together, without compromising on the result and have more time in hand, like working out and listening to the news. Multitasking can be very effective if done mindfully.
And Above everything else, don’t forget to cut yourself some slack! Always reserve alone time to let yourself breathe. Being productive in no shape means that you have to work day in and day out; it only implies that you do your work with complete dedication, without draining yourself in the process. The times can get tough, and as more and more people are forced to work from home, it is natural to feel tired and low on energy. Along with working and studying, do what makes you happy and keeps you sane during this rough patch.
Click Now to Know More About The Sports School: Know More
Vickram Kanth, a former Indian field hockey player and a coach in the making, is a part of our advisory board at The Sports School. After making a debut in 2004 with Junior Asia Cup, he has represented India on numerous occasions. Over the years, he has played many matches, and with that experience, he has a bag full of advice for our young athletes. Read to know what he said to our team when they reached out to him:
During these testing times, what was your strategy to stay fit without breaking the social distancing norms?
After following the sports schedule throughout our lives, training in different situations, and different places, both with and without equipment, and of course with the guidance of good trainers, we have a schedule in place and it becomes an integral part of your life. However, training alone can be challenging because you don’t have other athletes on your side to encourage you. In these times, it is your motivation that matters the most, so you need to keep pushing yourself.
What was your motivation as a kid that drove you towards hockey?
I was born in Coorg, so over there kids naturally take up hockey as their first sport, instead of cricket as the rest of the country. Also, my father was a hockey player himself, and as I saw him play growing up, I fell in love with the game. I wanted to become like him; he was my ideal, so I took up the sport.
Playing on national and international grounds is a matter of immense pride but at the same time, you are subjected to a great deal of pressure in the field. So how do you deal with it?
For a sports person, dealing with the pressure is part and parcel of the game. Those who have excelled in dealing with it, getting above it, and playing better have succeeded in sports. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli are under a lot of pressure themselves, but despite that, they have always performed well. The pressure from family, friends, and fans is obvious, but one should focus on their strengths, believe in themselves, and do their best in the field. Never let the pressure build on you, and focus on yourself, once you’re above it, you will come out with flying colors.
Looking back at your illustrious career, which match would you call the most memorable one?
My debut, the first match I played in Karachi, that’s in Pakistan. The pressure was understandable. It was the Junior Asia Cup, and we won the final match against Pakistan. In that match, I had first-hand experience of how my career will be from thereon. It was my first match, but I had a lot of seniors around me, and we pulled it off. It was like an ice-breaker for my career. I’ve won many more matches, but because of the hype around India vs Pakistan, winning a tournament against them in their homeland made it very special.
What are your views on the future of Hockey in India?
Five years back, we ranked 11th in the world, and today we are number 5. So, we’ve moved forward from 2011, and these years have been a developing phase for India. Although in 2012, the team didn’t do well and we were 12th, but since then it has been an upward climb. The team has been making steady progress, and it is just a matter of time before we start getting more international medals. There is awareness about the sport on the grass-root level because of social media and tournaments are now being held in the country, which didn’t happen back then. Even the World Cup was held in Bhubaneshwar. Now people are watching the sport, and if we do well, there will be more viewership. In the World Cup, we made it to the quarter-finals, we won the Asian Games, and in the Olympics, we were really close too, so now we’re slowly making our place on the podium. In a few years, we can definitely expect more medals for the team. In terms of fitness and technical, the team has incredible support and is doing really well. The gap between our team and international teams has reduced, the matches are close, and the fear of competing with them has vanished. After defeating the Belgians and Australians a couple of times, our team has regained confidence and is preparing well for the upcoming matches.
What support do you think is needed from the government and corporates to grow the sport in India?
I think hockey is lacking awareness. As of now, people have to wait for international tournaments, and there is nothing to keep them hooked in between; we need more domestic events like IPL in Hockey. Just like cricket, even hockey has test series, but those are not telecasted; it’s only during the Olympics and Asian Games that people get exposure. People must know that a lot is happening in hockey as well.
Hockey is a fast sport which makes it difficult to identify the players, so it somewhere lacks the tradition of icons, unlike cricket, where the country remembers the players. People are unable to follow the players because of the nature of the sport. The media should do a lot more coverage of the players individually so that fans get to know them. Many people watch cricket for Dhoni and Virat because they are fanboy characters; similarly, we need to make more such fanboy characters in hockey so that people get glued to the person, and also to the sport.
Being a sportsperson and coaching athletes are two very different paths. So how has your journey been in this transition? What are the major changes that you had to face?
I still continue to play, although not on the international level. I knew that there will be a time when all of us have to hang our boots, so what next? At my training center, I enjoyed correcting and helping the young athletes around me. No one told us what to and what not to do in the initial phase of our career; it was only during the national camps that we got exposure. However, athletes are very impatient, we expect instant results; it’s like you’re doing it right, and so can they. It was only after the Hockey India Coaching Education Pathway that I realized how the two are different, coaching demands a lot of patience and planning. They say a lot of good players don’t become good coaches because they want instant success, but coaching doesn’t work that way. Now, I’m a level 2 FIH coach and I’m looking forward to this.
What is the importance of balancing both sports and academics for young athletes?
When we started off at a young age, there were a lot of opportunities in the industry, but now the competition is very high. Out of a batch of 30, only a few end up big, while others are just lost! Many kids in our batch couldn’t make it. So a sportsperson needs to understand that even if they don’t make it, they’ll still have academics to catch on to. Once you balance the two, you’re much more stable. Sports are uncertain; you might get injured, or there are chances you don’t make it to the team. On the other hand, Academics is certain; there is no concept of luck here, it is about what you learn, and it stays with you.
What do you think about The Sports School? What made you associate with us as part of the Sports Advisory Board?
Rohan Bopannais a close friend of mine, and he introduced me to The Sports School. When I met Dr. Shankar, I felt that it is something wonderful, that it is one of a kind. What intrigued me the most was that we had many sports here, except hockey, and I asked myself, ‘Why not hockey?’ Then I got involved with the institution. Also, sportsmen have to travel a lot but withfacilitieslike these readily available, even we can train on these grounds.
A lot of people drop out of sports because they lack the facilities and lose the balance between sports and education. I’ve met many parents who get confused between sports and academics, and don’t really know what is good for their kids. So, with an institution like The Sports School in their own city, parents can freely enroll their kids, and this will help many budding sportsmen. As a sports person myself, I take the responsibility to take The Sports School to great heights and spread the word so that people use this opportunity and ultimately bring laurels to the country.
Ending the conversation, Vickram Kanth quoted, “Sports to me is ultimately the overall development of a person. Sports is a good way of life. Everybody should take it up, to have a fitter lifestyle, and to just do what they love,” and we couldn’t agree more.