Welcome to your A.M.E. report.
Whether you like the analogy or
not, the truth is, sport can be like entering combat. Sometimes your adversary
is your opponent. Sometimes the real adversary is yourself. We can't help
you improve your technical skills (e.g., how you throw the ball or move
your feet). This is better left to you and your coach or trainer. What
we can do is help you make the best use of your physical talent and skills.
It takes more than a strong arm to lead a team to a championship. It takes
more than fast feet to bounce back from defeat.
Your report has three main sections:
In order to fully understand the
characteristics and qualities that each A.M.E. scale represents, we recommend
reading through each of the Battle Stations (ZONES, METTLE, PERFORMANCE
UNDER PRESSURE, and The TEAM) before moving on to the Comparison Section.
This is a unique opportunity to see how your scores compare with those
of amateur, professional, and Olympic athletes — your chance to see how
you stack up!
Like the world itself, the sports world has changed dramatically over the past decade. Technology has transformed how we train, communicate and interact. Information on any subject, from Archery to Zen, is available at the click of a button. Without the Internet, you wouldn't be reading this right now. Technical and tactical advantages are harder than ever to gain, precisely because your competitors are getting access to the same exciting new technologies. Where then is the real competitive edge to be found?
Consider this. In the 1996 Summer
Olympics in Atlanta, 32 hundredths of a second separated all
the finishers of the Men's 100-meter final
Every one of these athletes had a chance to win. Each had been well prepared for the race — world-class coaching, impeccable training, sound nutrition, and superb medical care. But the difference between winning and losing often rests above the shoulders. If you don't believe us, just ask Linford Christie. Mental mistakes caused him to false start twice and disqualify himself. Years and years of training out the door.
Even in instances where technology plays a significant role, mental factors are critical. The clap skate in speed skating and the catamaran in sailing are good examples. These advances in equipment design provided an incredible advantage to those who recognized their value and were willing and able to make the switch. These athletes risked a great deal to make the change. They made calculated decisions under pressure-laden conditions. They were adaptable and flexible in approach and worked incredibly hard under severe time constraints to succeed. Even the most physically talented athletes will lose when they can't adjust quickly to new technology or when they don't make a timely change because they fail to recognize the impact of advancing science in their sport.
In golf, technology has made the
game "easier" for everyone. Balls go further, clubs are larger and more
forgiving. The PGA has recognized that these technological advances are
not always in the game's best interest even though they often give an edge
to the players. In the interest of maintaining the integrity of the game,
the PGA places limitations on the type of equipment that can be used. Who
do you think will be in the best position to win when everyone uses equipment
of substantially the same quality?
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