Wizards Wellness in Partnership with MedStar Health

Welcome to the Wizards Wellness Hub, in partnership with MedStar Health. During a time when many of us are staying at home, we want to provide you with expert health advice from the same professionals that guide the Wizards during the season. Here, you'll find a focus on three pillars of a healthy lifestyle. Click through for tips and tricks, and check back often for new contnet being added daily!

Performance Nutrition

Nutrition is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle under normal circumstances, but it's even more paramount today as we spend most of our time at home. In addition to making a plan for exercise, make sure you're plannign your meals with help from Wizards team nutritionist, Sue Bouvier, and team chef, Stephen Korda.

Strength and Conditioning

While eating well is the first step to a healthy lifestyle, you can take advantage of good nutrition to build strength, heart health and more. Wizards strength and conditioning coaches Blair O'Donovan and Sarah Wells will give you a look at how the team achieves their goals for optimal performance and help you do the same.

Mental Health

Mental health is a major focus for every professional athlete, but it's something we all need to be mindful of on a daily basis. Check back for much more from Wizards Head of Mental Health and Performance, Derick Anderson, and his staff as they provide insight on mental health in sports and beyond.

Wizards Wellness: Mental Health - Meditation

Mindfulness meditation is a valuable tool to cope with stress and anxiety. Monumental Basketball sports psychology coach Stu Singer is here to talk about meditation and its benefits.

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Wizards Wellness: Mental Health - Meditation

Mindfulness meditation is a valuable tool to cope with stress and anxiety. Monumental Basketball sports psychology coach Stu Singer is here to talk about meditation and its benefits.
May 26, 2020  |  02:40

Wizards Wellness: Mental Health - Normalizing Anxiety

As part of our Wizards Wellness series in partnership with MedStar Health, Wizards mental health coach Jim Soda gives tips for normalizing anxiety.
May 22, 2020  |  01:55

Wizards Wellness: Mental Health - Healthy Communication

As part of our Wizards Wellness series in partnership with MedStar Health, Wizards mental health coach Jim Soda gives tips for healthy communication during these challenging times.
May 22, 2020  |  02:05

Wizards Wellness: Strength & Conditioning - Eurostep

A jaw dropping Eurostep requires great balance, coordination, timing, and speed. What may seem like a skillset only possessed by elite athletes, this move can be easily broken down and practiced in just a few steps.
May 6, 2020  |  00:35

Wizards Wellness: Strength & Conditioning - Vertical Jump

Taking flight during games leads to some of the most exciting plays on the court, but to keep their bodies healthy it is important for players to learn how to land from big leaps safely. We regularly practice landing drills in many different ways. Here is a progression to practice safe landing position. For those learning good mechanics, this sequence can be used as part of a regular training session. For players who have mastered the mechanics, these drills can serve as a great addition to a warm-up.
May 4, 2020  |  00:44

Wizards Wellness: Strength & Conditioning - 3D Balance

Start by balancing on one leg with the ball in the opposite hand. Keep your knee slightly bent. Perform each movement with each leg. Start out with a small reach and if that's easy, then challenge yourself and reach further. Another way to increase the difficulty is to increase the speed of the movements. Have fun with it! Try 5-10 reps on each movement on each leg. Let us know how you do!
Apr 30, 2020  |  00:44

Wizards Wellness: Strength & Conditioning - Pivot Matrix

This drill works on rapid acceleration and deceleration as well as challenges balance and body control in multiple planes and positions. It’s a great warmup and prep for the ankles/knees/hips/groin. Keys to success on the pivot matrix: start slow and demonstrate body control through each position. As you feel more comfortable and can go through each movement in good posture and control, start to move faster and reach farther.
Apr 28, 2020  |  00:35

Wizards Wellness: Intro to Strength & Conditioning Staff

Introducing Blair O'Donovan (Wizards Head Strength & Conditioning Coach) and Sarah Walls (Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach). They'll be leading us through the second pillar of the Wizards Wellness Series (in partnership with MedStar Health): Strength & Conditioning.
Apr 27, 2020  |  01:00

Wizards Wellness: Performance nutrition Japanese fried rice recipe with Chef Korda - 4/24/20

Team chef Stephen Korda takes a deeper dive into a recipe for the whole family as part of our partnership with MedStar Health.
Apr 24, 2020  |  05:38

Wizards Wellness: Performance nutrition cooking with Chef Korda - 4/15/20

In day two of our Wizards Wellness series in partnership with MedStar Health, team chef Stephen Korda takes a deeper dive into a recipe that improves focus, mood, and concentration.
Apr 15, 2020  |  10:07
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