Perception Versus Reality

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We see what we chose to notice. Five years ago when I decided I was interested in a Honda Element all of a sudden I started seeing more Honda Elements on the road. Were there really more Honda Elements? No of course not, but I was choosing to notice them. We do the same thing in rehab and training. A few years ago I attended a convincing presentation on foot biomechanics, so for the next several weeks it seemed everyone had poor foot biomechanics. The moral of this story is to remember that we see what we chose to notice unless trained otherwise. That is why it is so important to have another set of eyes look at your athletes’ and to always keep the big picture in mind. Another set of eyes will see things you miss. Remember that the next time you see a Honda Element; there actually are more of them than there were five years ago. Perception or reality?

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