Watching Sarah Gorden transform from a late-game substitute into a player the Chicago Red Stars can’t live without, one might assume an offseason full of grueling training sessions are at the core of her radically improved performances in 2019.
The reality, however, is much different.
In past years, Gorden spent her offseason like most of her teammates — combining technical workouts to improve her ball skills with sessions in the weight room to improve her physical strength and speed. But last winter, the defender decided to change her approach and instead work on improving the mental side of her game.
“It’s really funny, because this offseason was probably, since being a pro, the most time I’ve taken away from the game,” Gorden told The Equalizer. “I’m not someone who goes to Australia in the offseason [for the W-League], so I don’t get games in, but I usually do a ton of technical work, a ton of lifting — and this is the most rest I’ve taken.”
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