Persistance Overcomes Resistance: Don’t Quit On Your Posture for Optimal Athletic Performance

Do you see Rudy? He is wearing #45

Rudy Ruettiger harbored a dream to play for one of the all time great college football Ara Parseghian and the Fighting Irish football team of Notre Dame. Tall hopes for almost any athlete, but he was only 5′ 7″ and 165 pounds (far shorter and lighter than would be expected of a collegiate football player).

After having the snot knocked out of him practice after practice and never dressing for a game, the coach finally dressed him for the last home game of his senior season against Georgia Tech on November 8th 1975.

With 27 seconds left in the game, they put him in at defensive end. In the final play of the game he recorded a sack which is all his Notre Dame stat line has ever shown. Ruettiger was carried off the field by his teammates following the game.

I just finished watching Rudy, the 1993 telling of this tale. Honestly, my eyes welled up with a tear or two when they showed that last play and the sack he made. The culmination of all of his hard work, blood sweat and tears. He sacrificed more in two years of college football than most people do their entire lives. He suffered more physical and emotional pain during that time with beating after beating in practice. He never quit.

He did the little things to chance his dream. Fought dyslexia, doubters and hostile teammates. He never quit.

Most people give up on the little things and lack the discipline for long term success. Most people don’t want to keep up with their flexibility routines, monitor their seated posture, change their sleeping posture, prepare for and recover from workouts and sports properly. These sins of omission add up and lead to impaired performance and increased of injury down the line. Rudy suffered the pain of daily commitment to practice no matter how unrewarding it was that moment, but it has been paying off since 11.8.1975 a thousand times over. He is a father of 5 and successful motivational speaker.

Let’s be like Rudy and do the little things now to make the big difference later.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving,

Corrective Exercise Specialist
Athletic Performance Enhancement Specialist

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