《韦氏词典》将运动员定义为“在需要体力、敏捷性或耐力的运动、运动或游戏中受过训练或有技能的人。”运动员在特定的运动项目中训练，以达到他们比赛的巅峰，但如果他们有一个全面的交叉训练项目，他们会成为更好的运动员吗?多年来，武术一直被视为一种“艺术”，而不是一项“运动”。虽然其中有很多美好，但训练中也有很多血、汗和眼泪。然而，这是普通民众看不到的部分。任何形式的武术训练都是严格的，而且是迄今为止最多才多艺的武术之一。那些学习过任何形式的武术的人都知道为了达到更高水平的身心健康，他们在训练中需要什么。武术培养全面发展的运动员。这可能会让一些人感到惊讶，但不会让乘坐火车的人感到惊讶。从力量和速度训练到精神敏锐度和自信到灵活性和平衡，武术涵盖了所有。 Using martial arts as a training foundation for athlete development helps people in all sports become better physically and mentally equipped, skills that will give them an edge in their own sport. This idea of martial arts cross-training, however, is not new. It’s just not something that is in the forefront when we hear of sports training. There are many professional athletes across the country and across various sports that train in some form of martial arts. They’ve discovered the numerous benefits that martial arts provides them in their overall sports performance. According to the LA Times, Clay Matthews, a linebacker for the LA Rams, said the players wanted to condition their bodies to be able to stay healthy and to train their minds to be stronger than their opponents’. Phil Mickelson, a professional golf player, says that his training in martial arts has helped him control his body and focus better on his game. The multi-dimensional way of training that martial arts provides can assist athletes in any sport. And what’s even better is that martial arts is not a seasonal sport so the consistency in the training has a huge impact on keeping athletes fit in the off season as well. When athletes start this type of cross-training as children, the benefits have even more of an impact. Since the SKILLZ program was created as a whole child focused approach by using martial arts as the vehicle to teach, child athletes benefit even more in this system through the method of four-dimensional teaching. They learn how to keep their bodies healthy and it teaches them different ways to train so they are at peak performance level. It helps them learn to work as a team and support others. It teaches them to stay focused and remain calm under pressure, and it helps them learn more quickly and remember things easier. As sports training continues to evolve and focus on the whole athlete, more people will begin turning to martial arts as a method of cross training. Knowledge is power and utilizing martial arts training as a foundation to athletic development will be the method of choice to keep athletes strong mentally and physically during the on and off seasons.