Why Your Athlete Should Train In Season...

written by Rahhim Shillingford


Do you question if there is a benefit of in-season training?

Do you think it might be too much for your athlete?

Well, I can tell you that there is significant benefit for in-season training and it’s what will drive your athlete to being successful.

What does it mean to be successful in your sport?

-You have to be the hardest working person in the room. This can be applied to your athlete’s spot on the team and eventually their future.

-You must do what others aren’t willing to do when everyone is watching, but more importantly, when no one is watching!

-You must be comfortable being uncomfortable! Discomfort is where the fear of failure lies and on the other side of that, is success.

In-season training can be used as maintenance of the physical state you are in, recovery from a tough game or week of practice, help your athlete reduce the risk of injury and improve time management skills.

Maintenance – as your athlete enters their season they are just entering their peak performance state, and as a strength coach you must provide a program that keeps them there. This is done by lowering the intensity and increasing the volume of work.

Recovery – Lighter workouts following a tough week can help recovery and soreness. When I played in college, the day after game days, we would lift and run. This would be a light lift with a few core exercises and one – two accessory lifts.

Injury prevention - An age appropriate strength and conditioning program will make your athlete more resistant to injury. This type of training works on their motor control, which in turn allows them to have a better understanding of their body and how it moves. These programs will incorporate exercise, balance, and provide joint stability for sport specific movements.

Time Management – Balancing training, school, practice, games, homework, friends, etc. will teach your athlete about time management, a tool I wished I learned many years ago. Being able to effectively manage your time will make you a more productive person all around. Learning this skill will build a habit that will last a life time.

I hope this information has provided you with more information and will be of great use when thinking of training options for your young athlete.

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