Transforming team culture with education
Nikki attended WHOOP Unite’s education sessions alongside her student-athletes, working closely with them to help them absorb the education and apply it to their team’s five pillars of success:
- Selfless: We before me.
- Accountable: Do what you say you will do.
- Relentless: Outwork and attack at all times.
- Free: Not held back by failure.
- Vulnerable: A willingness to show up and be seen.
Equipped with detailed insights about their sleep quality, consistency, and duration, as well as metrics related to strain and recovery like resting heart rate (RHR), heart rate variability (HRV), and respiratory rate, the student-athletes began making lifestyle changes to embody their team pillars more powerfully. This meant evaluating factors that could affect physical or mental performance on any given day, remaining attentive to why their bodies were reacting a certain way, and being proactive about asking for help.
Throughout the season, the Field Hockey players worked towards these goals together, helping them grow increasingly in tune with one another’s needs and ultimately improving their relationship as a team both on and off the field.