A standout high school football player and wrestler in Barrington, Illinois, Wood earned a football scholar-ship to the University of Wisconsin. “My passions are combat sports, and football and wrestling are at the top of the list,” said Wood, who has studied all forms of wrestling, from high school to college to the pro ranks in the early days, as few others ever have. Phil set a tremendous example in wrestling tough.
The ability to handle physical stress takes us right into the ability to handle mental and emotional stress” (Tolson 2000, 41). All wrestlers have experienced pain at various levels, mentally and physically. Wrestlers must deal with countless injuries, ranging from twisted fingers to broken noses, from damaged knees to separated shoulders. “In track and field events, and in swimming particularly, an athlete’s high pain threshold may be as significant as his basic ability” (Tutko and Tosi ...
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