Why is in-season training so important? What can happen when you do not incorporate strength training during your season? What are the myths or advice people give about in-season training (who really shouldn’t be giving advice)?
Not so great advice : (
- Don’t workout during the season because will get tired
- Don’t workout during the season because you will get hurt
- Do not do anything on a game day to make sure you have energy.
- I can’t work out today because I have a game. Can you stretch, foam roll, or perform a dynamic warmup?
Researchers (Faigenbaum, et. al. 1996) studied the effects of detraining (taking time off after training) following an eight-week strength program in boys and girls aged 12. They found that the detraining resulted in a statistically significant loss of upper body (19.3%) and lower body (28.1%) strength.
“One of the worst things you can do on a game day is sitting around and do nothing” – Andrew Martin
Staying strong will guard against injury, help you recover quicker, and ensure quality performance later in your season.
More often than not you are given bad advice, you are told to not train during their season. These players tend to be the ones that have a higher chance of injury and burn out.
Don’t Shut It Down
Completely shutting down all training after a full offseason of intense training makes no sense. Why shut it down? Performing a light workout a day before a game is not going to negatively impact your performance. If it does, you should probably take a close look at your off-season training.
A study was done in 1998, (Val Schneider, et. al)
studied detraining effects in 28 college football players during a 16-week competitive season. Tests were performed before and just after the end of the season, Post-test data indicated significant decreases in upper body strength, flexibility, lower body power, and agility.
So why should you train in-season? To maintain all the hard work you put in during the off-season. To maintain upper body strength, flexibility, lower body power, and agility.