Do you get that familiar excited feeling in your stomach when you go to work? If youve been at it long, maybe not. You're in a routine.
When youre an athlete, though, it could be essential.
At BYU this week for the Cougars first spring practice, I asked receivers Nick Kurtz and Mitchell Juergens if they got butterflies on the first day of spring practice.
Kurtz: Im sitting there like, all right, I kind of have the butterflies."
Juergens: Oh, yeah. Even if it was the same coaches, every time you step on the field, you get butterflies, especially with a new staff. You want to be at your best, so you get butterflies.
Experts say the nervous excitement that precedes a sporting event is a good thing, if channeled correctly. Just dont let it get out of hand. But having an edge going into competition is helpful.
So I asked BYU coach Kalani Sitake if he gets butterflies before spring practice starts -- especially this one, his first as a head coach.
Not really, he said. I just like it. I like being around (the players). These guys make feel young. Being around them is a shot of energy for me and its an honor to be here.