I too recently was thinking about athletes and designers. And I found myself coming to many similar characteristics.
hours of study/ research
the list goes on and yes, these terms are broad and could probably be applied to many subjects to compare, but I think there are some connections. As a former/ trying to still be athlete myself, I have found that the deadlcation/ work ethic from sports has helped me with design. Other aspects of being an athlete as far as the mental game you play and the way you have to perform I see in connections with design and deadlines and getting ideas out etc..
I wonder what other athlete/ designers thoughts are and how it has/ hasn't effected them.
*suicides- a drill most commonly used by coaches in sports mainly basketball.
life is sport...generally speaking those that participate and/or excel and sports do pretty well. it teaches you how to be apart of a team, sharpens your competitve edge, hopefully while still having good sportsmanship/respect for your opponents and whole host of other things that are not coming tgo my mind right now...
so i do not really think it (athletics) has any more in common/benefit with design than any other profession
i not sure i understand what this would entail??? but i am always open to gaining insight into how pros get the job done