August 28, 2020 6 min read
Veteran NWSL forward, Kristen Hamilton, knows what it takes to win. this 3x champ breaks down her keys to success and why she incorporates Mendi into her holistic recovery routine.
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What are some things better recovery allows you to do besides just perform at the highest level?
Yeah, I think the recovery is really important, but not just for your performance on the field, I think it can be really important off the field as well. I'm a little particular and so I like to have a list of stuff I need to get done for the day. I have stuff that I want to do after training, and I like to make sure that I'm optimizing every hour of my day. So in that sense when I get a good night's sleep it's going to help me perform well. But it's also going to help me when I wake up in the morning to knock out the tasks that I want to get done and feeling refreshed and awake and energized to get those things done.
That's kind of physical, but mental as well. Your mental fatigue, getting a good night's sleep and feeling rested. If I'm not recovering well, I just want to sit on the couch all day and watch a TV show or whatever it might be. But if I'm feeling like my mind is awake and stimulated and energized I want to be active. So I think it just has a really powerful impact on your mind, body and spirit.
What measurable ways (i.e. Whoop, HRV, FF90, etc.) have you found CBD/cannabis to help you?
We have to fill out what's called a fit for 90 every morning before we go to before we go to training. If I take my CBD and get a good night's sleep, I usually am waking up feeling less or less tired and having had a better night's sleep. So for me, that's a measurable way. I can go back and look and say, hey, my numbers for the morning are high. They're good. I'm ready to train. I'm recovered.
Definitely my mom, I mean, I would not be where I am today without her. She has worked her ass off for me to be able to be here and be playing the sport that I am. And not everybody gets that opportunity. And she fought for me to be able to be here.
And then on top of that, I would say my little brother, Simon. He has Down syndrome and he has gone through a lot. No matter if he is sick or what issue he is facing, he's always just had a smile on his face. So for me, when I was at a point in my career where I could have been waved from a team I was told that my positive energy and my impact on the team off the field is why I was still there.
And that kind of was a moment for me to realize the right attitude is just as good of an asset to have as my on-field play. So I've learned that from him and he's really gifting me with the ability to see what effects a positive attitude can have.
I think, above all else, being a good teammate and a good person. This sport is our whole life right now, this is what we live and breathe. But It goes so much further than the field. These friendships we make, the people we meet and the lives we touch as as we play the sport. It's the feeling you leave with people, after you meet them, after you've been teammates with them.
I think it would be really cool to be known for bringing a smile to people's faces, being a good person, being a good teammate and being someone that people felt comfortable with. I think that that would be a really cool legacy to leave behind.
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