If you are a senior wrestler your wrestling career might be drawing to a close. Are you one of the tens of thousands of high school boys that aren’t going to wrestle in college or one of the thousands of college wrestlers that aren’t moving to a regional training center? If you are you will be experiencing big changes over the next several months. Some of it may be very welcome. Letting your body heal up after years of abuse is a great experience. Also eating like a reasonable person is a great opportunity but also takes some work to moderate.
Here are the 5 things that I see causing the most trouble for those moving away from the sport.
1. The loss of teammates. Very few outsiders can understand what wrestlers go through. The physical brutality of the sport, the mindset that is needed to progress and the emotional ability to deal with losses or even worse getting your ass handed to you in front of friends and family. Stay in touch with members of the wrestling community. Most wrestlers are seriously outliers. Physical, smart boys in a sea of metrosexuals and wimps. Find new guys that fit the wrestler Modus Operandi. Being alone and adrift in a society that is so different from what a wrestler has been used to can be a lonely and depressing prospect.
2. Shape. Don’t let your conditioning fall apart. Many kids don’t realize that they will never be in this kind of shape again. Being in great shape does wonders for the brain and positive emotions. Falling out of shape is just that: falling and it has affects on your entire being. Rehab lingering injuries. Do at least light workouts to maintain a decent type of conditioning. Doing just these to things help tremendously with the emotional component of your life keeping a positive and optimistic mindset.
3. If you were even an average wrestler you will have a lot of energy that needs to be used up in place of wrestling practice. Be ready to do something and make it life positive. My pal Tony wasn’t ready and went from a 6’ 1” 145lb wrestler to well over 300lbs within a couple of years of graduation. Use the skills that made you a good wrestler to help. Do HIT workouts a couple of days a week. Take up a new hobby. Focus on starting the next phase of your life.
4. Need even more. Get back into the sport as a coach. Help at your old school. Help at a new school if you are moving to a new area. Beat the Streets (here and here) is always looking for help and is a good opportunity in many big cities.
5. Bonus. If you didn’t achieve everything that you wanted to as a wrestler, use that disappointment to fuel you in the future. What was it that held you back? Figure it out and apply it to your future challenges.
If you want to go even further, become a content producer. The sport needs as much exposure and as many voices as possible.
Good luck. If you need a start message me.