A common misconception amongst athletes is that once the season starts, weight training and speed work takes a backseat, or gets cut out completely. On the contrary, In-season training is just as important as the off-season and pre-season. The main goal of most athletes is to be at the pinnacle of their abilities for the playoffs, championships, states, nationals, etc. If training is not continued throughout the season, the athletes will ‘peak’ too early and might actually find themselves weaker or slower for the end of the season; exactly when it is most important to perform at the highest level.
The following are key points as to why an athlete should continue training throughout the season:
Maintain/Gain – Just because you’ve worked so hard preparing for the season doesn’t mean the work stops. Training sessions, when programmed properly, can be effective in keeping strength, flexibility, size throughout the season and under the right conditions it’s possible that further growth can still occur.
Injury Prevention – When an athlete undergoes a period of training, they are preparing the body for future tasks and competitions. While there is a certain level of ‘backing off’ that needs to occur once the season starts, the training sessions off the field can be used to manipulate the level of stress that is placed on the athlete and to help correct imbalances that may arise and by doing such will decrease the risk of injury occurring.
Consistency – If one listens to interviews conducted with professional athletes or coaches a common thread can be found amongst all of them when it comes to competition preparation: CONSISTENCY! When an athlete develops and follows a routine, the body starts to adapt and adjust through various pathways and systems in order to be ready for the next practice, game, or competition. If a wrench is thrown into that system (cessation of training sessions) the body’s natural clock, otherwise known as the circadian rhythm, gets out of sync. While a slight boost in performance may occur from the increased recovery, it will eventually lead to a level of performance that is actually below the start of training.
Peaking – As alluded to before, through the manipulation of stress (training sessions) on the athlete, one can time the peaking of performance for when it is most important: The Championship Season.
When the game is on the line, you need to be at the top of your Game!
Example of In Season Techniques:
Our method of training incorporates 3 different modalities; Speed & Agility, Strength, and Recovery. Combining these 3 methods during athletes off season allows them to see steady improvement and avoid training plateaus throughout the training cycle. However, if an athlete is in season there is an emphasis on Strength and Flexibility giving them the best opportunity to play at the top of their game toward the end of the season.
Speed & Agility Performance Training
Flexibility, Mobility, and Recovery
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