Sports training, not unlike military training, can become excessive – cruel, punishing – and unreasonable. Here are two little excerpts from Will to Win.
‘ “The amount of times he made himself sick on the rowing machine was pretty impressive”, proudly says the former coach (and Olympic Gold medallist) of a young oarsman who represented Australia five times before he was forced to retire with back injuries at the age of 24′.(p21)
” I don’t care if I never walk again. As long as I get this premiership” says a hobbled player (SJ) on the morning of the 2011 AFL grand final.’ (p 19)