Reps in the gym strengthen muscles, running improves cardiovascular function and full-contact drills condition the body, but today’s athletes also need to exercise their minds, experts say.
“A lot of what’s going on in your mind affects your body,” said Jennifer Farrell, Lindenwood’s director of student-athlete mental health. “People are starting to see the connection. There has to be some sort of training with the mind to withstand all of the things that are being thrown at athletes.” […]
Hawaiian Gardens, a 1-square-mile city in Los Angeles County, is known for gangs, drugs and violence, but it’s home for Lindenwood rugby player Cristian Rodriguez.
While Rodriguez worked this past year to make the All-American collegiate 7s and 15s teams and the U20 American team, four of his high school classmates died as a result of his hometown’s gang and drug culture. […]