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Pre-season Training: What Is It?

Posted by Simon Bowman on March 22, 2021

An athlete's conditioning program that is completed within a specific timeframe before their play season is called pre-season training. Before an athlete's playing season is on, they have at least 2-3 months to complete this conditioning phase. Typically, the season for training ends in April. The entire goal of this phase is for the athletes not to be bone-tired; instead, be readily-fit during and after the game.

It usually consists of cardiovascular, endurance, and weight management trainings. The goals include muscle strength and stamina building and can be considered forms of physiotherapy and sports medicine.

Physiotherapy Benefit

Physiotherapy is a treatment work-out that involves range of motions. For pre-season exercises, they are (usually):

Running

The running meter length depends on the game they are playing, but across the board, the distance should be at least 800m. With football players, for instance, they need some 6-10 km a day to build stamina and decrease the hazard of having injuries or reoccurring injuries.

Plyometric Exertions

Another type of exercise done is called plyometric exertions, which are very similar to jumping and kicking activities. These use muscular strength and may help those experiencing problems with their joints.

Athletes complete these routines at least 3 days per week for a minimum of 10 minutes. The intensity of training, likewise, needs to follow the body’s adaptation to the activity. With frequency and intensity, on the other hand, they should be gradual in progress.

Sports Medicine Benefit

The form of medicine that involves the prevention of injuries related to sport is known as sports medicine. With the on-going pre-season training, here are some exercises that may help:

  • Squats
  • Push-ups
  • Lunges

Agility and endurance are powerful and will be great if athletes can attain them. First of all, they promote flexibility with our muscles in the shoulder, glutes, hamstring, and calves. Second, these exercises increase athlete's joints and muscles' restoration process, so they will not recur the same injury they had in the past. Third, it lessens the occurrence of new injuries, while doing sports.

The Pre-season Conditioning Program, generally, helps athletes attain physical and mental wellness.

According to studies, there are 25 chronic diseases that sports can prevent, physical and non-physical benefits combined. Sports training can help reduce stress, anxiety, mood swings and improve sleeping patterns. Diseases related to the heart and the rest of the cardiovascular system, as well as, strength and stamina are the ones being majorly addressed by this program.

Pre-season training is a must for athletes because this will serve as the foundation of the entire season's performance. Without a proper, well-planned conditioning program, athletes are more likely to acquire sports injuries or, worse, sports disabilities.

Our bodies are like machines, they need maintenance, and when they are well-maintained, they work at their best.

Disclaimer: It is always best to have your Pre-season training with a physiotherapist. These physical activities can either benefit you or trigger further symptoms of underlying conditions when a physiotherapist is not consulted.

If you need to consult a physiotherapist, anytime, you can reach out to me and we’ll talk about how we can best plan your program.

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