Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. Our athletes, who have trained hard with us all winter, get to go out and perform on the soccer, lacrosse, track and baseball/softball fields of Northern Virginia. I believe they are more prepared for the challenges that lie ahead due to the work they have put in during the last 3 months. THEY ARE READY!!!
Many parents have asked me about in-season training. It is true that most athletes will tend to lose strength, speed, and in some cases conditioning, while gaining in the skill department during the course of the season. One way to prevent these deficits are with a good 2-day per week in-season strength and conditioning program. This way they won’t be giving back the progress that they’ve made all winter.
But before you get to excited and sign your athlete up for our Spring Athlete Training, consider these thoughts while deciding if it will work form them.
- Schedule: Will the classroom work combined with the practices and games be too much to add another 2-3 hours of in-season training into their schedule?
- Intensity: Think about not only the frequency of practices and games but the duration and intensity of practices and the toll that it will take on your young athlete. Can they handle it?
- 1-Sport, 1-Team at a time: I frequently hear of 13 year-old athletes playing on a travel and a school team and sometimes in multiple sports at the same time. Are we overloading our kids to please coaches or to keep up socially?
- Prevent Injuries: I’m convinced that nothing keeps are young athletes healthy and performing at the top of their game like a good strength and conditioning program.
If you can make it work, and it makes sense then get them signed up today!!