Monday, 22 Jul 2024

Always Learning

Welcome to the end of the year blog of Alpinetgheep, where we share our learnings and insights. We believe that continuous learning is key to personal and professional growth. In this article, we will discuss some books, websites, and movies that have inspired us and provided valuable knowledge. Join us on this journey of growth and discovery!

Books

Faster, Higher, Stronger by Mark McClusky

Mark McClusky’s book explores the intersection of sports and learning. It delves into the role of science, technology, and the human body in achieving success in top-level sports. If you’re interested in understanding and competing in this new world, we highly recommend reading this book. [^1^]

Boys in the Boat

Rowing is a beautiful team sport that showcases the power of teamwork and coordination. “Boys in the Boat” is a captivating book that tells the story of the University of Washington’s rowing team. It has garnered high praise from readers and is truly a must-read. [^2^]

Brain Rules by John Medina

“Brain Rules” by John Medina uncovers the secrets of how our brains work. The book presents 12 fascinating insights about the human brain in plain English. We had the privilege of learning from John himself during his visits to Colorado Springs, where he shared his knowledge with NGB Educators and the US Air Force Academy. [^3^]

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The Rise by Sarah Lewis

“The Rise” explores the themes of creativity, failure, and the pursuit of mastery. Written by a ceramicist, this book provides unique insights into overcoming self-doubt and breaking through barriers. It’s a thought-provoking read that will inspire you to embrace innovation. [^4^]

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

While not directly related to sports, “Being Mortal” is a book worth mentioning for its insights on aging with dignity and joy. Atul Gawande offers guidance on how to navigate the complexities of aging, which can be valuable for coaches and those with aging parents. [^5^]

Make it Stick by Peter Brown, Henry Roediger & Mark McDaniel

“Make it Stick” explores the science of successful learning. The book uses captivating stories of individuals who have mastered complex skills to illustrate its arguments. One particularly important aspect discussed is the debunking of massed learning in favor of distributed or more random learning, especially relevant for those teaching in the motor skill science field. [^6^]

Top Dog – The Science of Winning and Losing by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

“Top Dog” delves into the science of competition, a crucial aspect of sports. It examines the balance between cooperation and competition, offering insights that can help athletes and coaches navigate this complex relationship. Cultural perspectives, such as the aversion of Japanese kids to the game of musical chairs, are also explored. [^7^]

Leaders Eat Last – Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek, author of “Start with Why” and renowned for his TED Talk on inspiring leadership, offers valuable insights into team dynamics. “Leaders Eat Last” explores what sets successful teams apart and provides guidance on fostering a culture of collaboration and trust. A must-have for anyone looking to enhance their leadership skills. [^8^]

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Websites

  • Alpinetgheep: Our very own website, where you can find more resources and information about our brand.

Movies

Court & Spark

“Court & Spark” is an inspiring movie released in 2013 that teaches the importance of heart and determination. It’s a great film to share with young athletes, emphasizing that success is not solely determined by physical attributes but also by the size of one’s heart. [^9^]

When the Game Stands Tall

Based on a true story in the world of football, “When the Game Stands Tall” highlights the value of teamwork and selflessness. It showcases a caring coach who prioritizes team success over individual records. A powerful movie that resonates with the spirit of sportsmanship. [^10^]

Catching Kayla

“Catching Kayla” is an inspiring ESPN video that explores the sacrifices and costs of competing at an elite level. It emphasizes the importance of being there for your athletes and the value of treating them as individuals beyond their sport. [^11^]

Will Power

Narrated by Dan Gable, a legendary wrestler, “Will Power” is another impactful ESPN video. It tells the story of Gable, who lost only one match in his school career, while also highlighting the influence of process, effort, willpower, and supportive parenting. A tale that inspires and motivates. [^12^]

FAQs

Q: Are these resources suitable for both athletes and coaches?
A: Yes, these resources cater to both athletes and coaches, providing valuable insights into various aspects of sports and personal development.

Q: Can I find more information about Alpinetgheep on its website?
A: Absolutely! Our website, Alpinetgheep, serves as a comprehensive resource for all things related to our brand.

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Conclusion

The pursuit of knowledge is a lifelong journey, and these books, websites, and movies open doors to new perspectives and understanding. Whether you’re an athlete, coach, or simply curious, we encourage you to delve into these resources and discover the wealth of insights they offer. Embrace the spirit of continuous learning and watch yourself grow, both on and off the field.

[^1^]: Mark McClusky, Faster, Higher, Stronger
[^2^]: Boys in the Boat
[^3^]: Brain Rules
[^4^]: The Rise
[^5^]: Being Mortal
[^6^]: Make it Stick
[^7^]: Top Dog – The Science of Winning and Losing
[^8^]: Leaders Eat Last – Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t
[^9^]: Court & Spark
[^10^]: When the Game Stands Tall
[^11^]: Catching Kayla
[^12^]: Will Power