A well-designed locker room that supports student athletes' physical and mental well-being can be an important factor in their success, both on and off the field.
A well-designed locker room can cultivate a shared identity among team members, boost self-esteem, and improve player confidence on and off the field. If the ultimate sports experience is winning, the locker room is where the winning begins.
A locker room is the MVP of athletic facilities. It’s a home away from home for team members. It’s a study area and a social club of sorts. It’s a place to keep players organized and prepared. It’s also a critical piece of retention and recruitment. A modern, comfortable locker room makes athletes feel valued, and an outdated locker room can be a dealbreaker for new recruits with multiple teams to choose from.
How you do anything is how you do everything. You’ve probably heard it before. The saying shows up on motivational memes, in TED Talks, and on the covers of self-help books. How does your own establishment stack up to the old saw? Sure, the golf greens are pristine. Naturally, the gym floor is polished. But what about the locker room?