In this episode of the Prepare Like A Pro Podcast I am speaking to Sam Hayes, Ruckman of the Port Adelaide football club, a celebrated junior ruckman, the promising Sam Hayes is yet to debut but is highly rated by Port Adelaide’s football department. Hayes also recently signed a contract extension to tie him to Port Adelaide until at least the end of 2023, further illustrating the club’s belief in his ability. Hayes put in a string of strong SANFL performances in 2019 after returning from a serious knee injury suffered at training but was unfortunately limited in chances to shine without a second-tier competition to show his wares in 2020. He continues to add size to his 203cm frame and focus on improving his running ability as he prepares for a big 2021 season.

Topics we discussed:

  • Sam’s football journey from start to finish
  • The importance of having a solid strength & conditioning program during rehabilitation
  • How he tackles the dark day’s footy can bring and the importance of focusing on the present
  • Why balance and having a life outside football is so important for performance & overall health
  • Sam goes into great detail about what has worked and what hasn’t throughout his career
  • How he values life balance and shares plenty of tips and tricks for young developing footballers

People mentioned:

  • Lewis Hayes
  • Ian Mckeown
  • Daniel Rogers
  • Xavier Duursma
  • Connor Rozee
  • Dylan Williams

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