Life Lessons Learned From Football

By Scrubadoo‘s Jen Hankin

Let’s be real, the medical field and football don’t have very much in common. In fact, they actually often collide, with injuries and other similar concerns. Football players get hurt and medical professionals heal them. With the big game on Sunday, everyone becomes a football fan. The Super Bowl is a great time to showcase another way the medical field and football relate – with valuable life lessons.

Discipline. Football teaches the importance of each player to push themselves to work hard on their own.  There is also a beautiful life lesson in the scrutiny and evaluation process. With a focus on growth and accountability, working within a team allows a player to only to succeed over the long run when those peers and mentors depending on him each and every day also succeed. Sounds familiar to those of us wearing Scrubs, right?

Perseverance. If at first you don’t succeed, you must try and try again. Football teaches the important practice of not giving up. A valuable skill for anyone entering the medical field, or any career field for that matter.

Teamwork. All team sports, not only football, teach you to work within a group. On the field, you must know your role and how it plays into the bigger picture. Trust is a crucial part to teamwork, as well as to working in a hospital with a collection of colleagues.

Goals. Football shows how setting goals can have a huge pay off. Goal setting, reaching for the next level, and working hard towards them are valuable lessons. Ones that medical professionals working on ground breaking research know very well.

A Natural High. Winning, in general, releases endorphins. Winning a football game, rocking a surgery, winning a race, etc. all produce and release endorphins leading to a euphoric state. And let’s be honest, we all could use a little more euphoria in our lives.

On Sunday remember the valuable lesson football teaches us. Who will you be cheering for? The New York Giants? Or The New England Patriots?

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