As I mentioned in a recent blog post, How to be Great Part 1 - Kobe Bryant, I had the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC for a conference that has left me excited and eager to apply what I have learned.

I learned from the thought leaders in the areas of health and wellness and experts in physiotherapy.

Alan Stein was one of the speakers that had a profound impact on me. As a young boy, I was enamored with the NBA and Michael Jordan. My interests have changed over the years and watching sports, in general, is not where I choose to spend my time. I do, however, appreciate learning about how people become great.

When Alan spoke about Stephan Curry there were similarities between what makes him great and what made Kobe Bryant great.

Tenacity is not enough, it is all about the preparation.

Stephan would do drills over and over again until he got them right. If he messed up, he would take him self out of the line and work with a coach to help him get the fundamentals right. He was terrified of repeating the wrong execution of a move or shot. Doing it once is one thing, but he wanted to break himself of deficiencies as quickly as possible because he was afraid of the long-term consequence of poor muscle memory.

In therapy, we use a method from the 1970s called Medical Exercise Therapy. It focuses on precision and proper movement over and over again. While this is great for treating conditions like knee, shoulder, back and neck pain. It doesn’t by itself train coordination and higher-level skill.

In order to train performance and coordination of movement, we incorporate Redcord neurologic activation exercises in combination with trigger point dry needing in order to get the neuro-muscular system to activate optimally.

Alan also told us about a vow Stephan made to himself. Namely, Stephane doesn’t leave the gym without “swishing” 5 free throws. For those of you who know about basketball, you score regardless of whether or not you hit the rim provided the ball goes through the hole. But that wasn’t good enough for Stephan. He pushed himself to going above and beyond what is necessary, so that when he was in a game situation there would be room for error.

He will go down as the best shooter in NBA history one day thanks to his dedication to doing things properly and going above and beyond average.

What made Stephan Curry Great?

1.     He was afraid of what repeating a bad habit would do.

2.     He wouldn’t leave the gym until he “swished” 5 free throws

This means he wanted to go above and beyond acceptable, he was seeking “perfection”

Take away for those of us not in the NBA:  

First, we have to analyze what habits we do in our personal and professional lives that we are repeating and needs to stop. We need to be “afraid” of the long-term consequence of performing in a way that is less than our best. 

Second, in preparation, we need to set our sights on performing in a way that is far above what is expected of everybody else. We need to be better than average by doing the hard work on the front end sot that we can do our absolute best when it’s necessary.

Enjoy Life,

Dr. Nate Kloosterman

PhysioPoint Therapy and Wellness


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About the Author: 

Dr. Nate Kloosterman earned his doctorate in Physical Therapy from Andrews University. He is a board certified Physical Therapist with the advanced designation of orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS). He has extensive post-graduate training in manual therapy including a trigger point dry needling certification.

Nate has been involved in teaching at Andrews University for the differential diagnosis in the doctor of physical therapy program. He was instrumental in developing curriculum for advanced courses in medical exercise therapy (MET) which is taught to practitioners throughout the United States.

Nate founded PhysioPoint Therapy and Wellness in January of 2014. He enjoys spending time with family, biking, skiing, playing golf and participating in community events.