The Importance of In-season Strength & Conditioning
Contrary to some beliefs, athletes should continue their strength and conditioning programs throughout the season. Yes, even when they are playing!
Continuing their training allows for maintenance of strength and power that was developed during the offseason. It also helps to maintain appropriate mobility and flexibility needed for optimal function and injury prevention.
Injuries typically occur because of two things; their has been a decrease in strength and a movement pattern was improperly loaded. Basically, if we are weak or ask our body to move in a specific way that we have not trained for (or continued to train for) then the likelihood of suffering an injury increases.
Continuing a strength and conditioning program can help to maintain muscular strength, further aiding in performance and injury prevention. A well-rounded strength and conditioning program will also train an athlete in multiple planes of movement. This training addresses movement patterns, positions, and forces that are required during their competitive sport.
But what about overtraining?!
In-season strength and conditioning programs should focus on a decrease in volume (sets and reps) but also maintaining a moderate weight that is being lifted. This is beneficial for the athlete to maintain strength, power, and healthy musculature. As for recovery - simplicity reigns supreme! As long as your athlete is getting plenty of consistent sleep and eating correctly, they should be recovering daily!
Written By Ryan Richmond: @Richmond_Performance