Pure Performance


By: Josh Williamson
Head Athletic Trainer

Mark McGwire used steroids…he finally admitted it.  I don’t think anyone was shocked at the announcement.  As a St. Louis Cardinals fan, I was torn between wanting to believe that there was a possibility that he was clean and wanting to know the truth behind his physique.  It made me think about what sport means to me and what makes it so much fun to be a part of it all.  I realized, after contemplation, that what I love about sports is the purity of it.  There is an objectivity to it…a way to measure and compare; a way to see how you have improved or how you haven’t.  Unfortunately, rule breaking in sports takes away the purity and makes people question if the objective measures were affected.  This makes me appreciate even further being able to work with Division III athletes.  There is some comfort in knowing that all the gains and achievements made come from hard work and desire; nothing more.  There is a purity that surrounds hard work and desire and those two things build character in those who embrace them.  I’m glad to be a part of something that, at the end of the day, has no mystery in how the achievements were made; there is no scandal to uncover; there is only pride in oneself for the work that was put into the win, the loss, the good practice, and even the bad practice.  I’m not just glad, but proud to be a part of it.


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