IMG Perfomance Institute director, Trevor Moawad, uses his experience in mental conditioning to help build "Total Athletes" at both Alabama and Florida State.
Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher, coaches of Alabama and Florida State respectively, understand the importance of teaching their athletes how to be more than just a football player.
From an article on FoxSportsFlorida.com:
Saban and Fisher have tapped Moawad in recent years to work directly with their football squads, giving him the leeway to create programs that educate players on how to be more effective in setting and achieving goals in their personal lives -- and how to be more well-rounded people, not simply good football players.
Moawad uses the same approach with the Crimson Tide and Seminoles as he does with his professional athletes and the high school athletes that attend IMG Academy:
âOur role is to help develop the maximum effectiveness in the support resources for those programs, and to be directly involved in the overall character education -- the life skills, the communication, the leadership, the mental conditioning and performance-enhancing mental approach to support both the players and the coaches,â Moawad says.
âWhat we do is provide an objective perspective. We have a lot of experience with a variety of different athletes who are all trying to get to the top, and really look at the common denominators that make people successful.â
âThe kind of personal development that you have really affects everything else that you do. Our mission statement here is, we want to help you be successful as a person, a student and as a player and be more successful in life for having been involved in the program. And if you don't have the right kind of character and attitude, then probably none of that's going to happen.â
Fisher learned the need for this kind of training while he was an assistant under Saban at Louisiana State:
âWe look at all the situations out there that are occurring in college football right now, and I think constant education about who the athlete is -- dealing with the problems and circumstances he faces and how to deal with those things -- is essential. We tell them all the time to be careful, don't do this or that. But too often, players aren't told how to deal with those situations.
âWe're trying to educate as much as we possibly can so our guys can make good decisions. That's the one thing it all comes down to: Can we consistently help them make the right decision and understand what that encompasses. And it doesn't just help them -- it helps us as coaches, too.â