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Mark Van Deusen is a Creative Copywriter at WHOOP. Before joining WHOOP, Mark served as the Managing Editor and Head Writer for CelticsLife.com. He was also a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and a contributor at Yahoo Sports. A former tennis coach, Mark graduated from the University of Richmond with a degree in Sociology and Leadership Studies.

WHOOP at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and National Combine

Last Saturday, January 7, marked the 17th edition of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, in San Antonio, Texas. WHOOP was on hand as an official sponsor for the event, which featured 100 of the nation’s best high school football players. In a matchup pitting East vs. West, the East emerged with a 27-17 victory in…

Sleep and Recovery Have Helped Make Tom Brady the Greatest Quarterback Ever

Sixteen years ago, the New England Patriots finished in last place with a 5-11 record. The following season, a 24-year-old backup quarterback and former 6th-round draft pick helped guide the Patriots to their first Super Bowl title in franchise history (pictured below). After making his NFL starting debut on September 30, 2001, Tom Brady has…

Coaches Need Performance Optimization Too (Not Just Players)

Josh Wright holds a position with the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers that represents a new line of thinking in the world of professional sports. Wright’s official title is “assistant to the head coach,” but his primary job function is much more specific. While the team has a standard training staff on hand to see to…

Advice from Elite Athletes for the New Year

With 2017 right around the corner, Outside Magazine recently published a piece entitled “The Best Advice of 2016, from the World’s Best Athletes.” The author, Brad Stulburg, shared a list of quotes he’d compiled from elite athletes over the past year as guidance for others aspiring to reach that level. Stulberg divided them into seven…

The Smart Locker Room?

Elite athletes spend an extraordinary amount of time in the locker room. For pros, it’s basically the equivalent of their office, as well as their home away from home. This is what inspired WHOOP founder and CEO Will Ahmed to name our blog “The Locker.” In his words: “For athletes reading this, you know that locker…

The New “Old” Tennis Champion

When Serena Williams won Wimbledon this year, she was just two months shy of her 35th birthday, making her the oldest women ever to emerge victorious at a Grand Slam singles event. Williams extended a record she’d actually set 12 months earlier, when she captured the 2015 Wimbledon title at the age of 33. It…

76ers Too Cautious with Joel Embiid?

Wednesday, ESPN and ABC news reported that as part of the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement the league and players will form a “wearables committee.” From ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh: “In April, ESPN.com reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers were notified by the league office that guard Matthew Dellavedova was not allowed to wear a device called…

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