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I am not a huge Facebook user but I do utilise
this form of social media as it has proven to be
very popular and extremely efficient in getting "the
word" out. Problem is a lot of what people post
on there can sometimes be absolutely worthless.
I had actually stopped using Facebook for a while
because I found it to be a sneaky form of time
Anyway, I recently got back on Facebook and
started seeing some of the posts made by the different
people I have as "friends" on my account. Included
in my list are people I am more acquainted with on
a professional basis as, of course, it is good to keep
in touch with what your colleagues are up to, par-
ticularly in an industry that is so locally underde-
veloped when compared to more developed nations.
Anyone who knows me knows that I take the
approach that we can accomplish more in this indus-
try as a single unit than as separate entities.
In cricket, one of the things that Dwayne Bravo
always stresses is the importance of celebrating each
other s victories on the field, a statement so applicable
in my profession as it is in cricket.
Although individuals may be pursuing different
paths it should be with the common purpose of the
development of sport and development of the athlete.
Unlike athletes though, who enjoy recognition both
on and off the field, sports medicine professionals
celebrate professional success through their athletes
but gain recognition within their industry, more so
among their peers.
I recently had the opportunity to be in the company
of some of the best athletes in cricket right now and
I was reminded of all the things that I enjoy about
being a part of truly elite sport (as I have largely
been contributing more to the developmental aspects
of sport since coming home to Trinidad). I had to
admire the confidence of these personalities but
what I admired most about them was their humility
and their graciousness. It made me realize how much
of this is lacking in my area of sports medicine in
When I read some of the posts on Facebook and
quietly observe some of the decisions made in sport,
I realize how self-absorbed and bold some of the
big fishes have become in this very small pond of
sports in Trinidad.
The money and the power attained with the few
sports positions available in sports professions seem
to inflate egos make some think that they are the
only ones achieving anything out here or are the
only ones that know anything about anything, but
how wrong these individuals are.
Once again, I have to look outside of this small
pond to find my inspiration. When I go on the Web
sites of bodies like Athletes Performance, The Gray
Institute or Equinox or visit personal sites/pages of
other athletic trainers and therapists like Susan
Falsone and Gary Gray, I never see them blowing
their own trumpet or putting down any of their own
colleagues. The recognition for their achievements
is always tastefully done.
Everyone will have their own way of promoting
themselves as we all need to for business. Create a
Facebook page, start tweeting, post on instagram,
build a Web site, write a column, make bold state-
ments, share your opinion but always keep it pos-
One thing that I find to be true is that "self-praise
is no praise." It is so easy to get absorbed in the way
things are done here but I implore to my colleagues
that they not cheapen the worth of our profession,
Self-praise is no praise
discredit your peers or lose sight of
our role here as professionals in sport.
Leave the egos for the politicians and
let us remain focused on what really
matters and that should be to see the
talent of our youngsters take them and
this country beyond the confines of
this small pond. Rest assured that the
praise and recognition will follow.
Let us celebrate each other s suc-
cesses and see it as a step forward for
the industry, one that will help everyone
and not one man.
Asha De Freitas-Moseley is a certified athletic
trainer with the National Athletic Trainers'
Association of the USA. She has over 10 years
of experience rehabilitating athletes and
members of the active population from injury to
full play. She can be reached at Pulse
Performance Ltd, 17 Henry Pierre St, St James.
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