Offseason Preparation for Spring and Summer Football
Posted on 2016-01-07
Many athletes attending sport-specific camps make the mistake of coasting from their last play to the start of their camp without any body-maintenance in between. Subconsciously, the thought is that training doesn't begin until camps do.
In reality, camps typically operate assuming the athletes they are training are staying physically fit and even improving their fitness during the offseason. Camps are usually more focused toward SKILLS development as opposed to physical development and conditioning.
With this in mind, here are a few areas to keep in mind that you should work on and hone in the offseason between your team's last game and the start of camp:
- Conditioning is big, obviously. Cardio is all about converting oxygen into fuel for your muscles to use quickly and efficiently so you can perform at your peak longer. It also degrades FAST when you don't train it. Pick a cardio program and stick with it to avoid getting winded while everyone around you is breathing free and easy.
- Participating in ladder, dot, and cone drills is a great way to keep your footwork and quickness sound so these facets are second-nature when it comes to game-time. Don't skimp, and don't skimp out. Movement should be instinct and you should never trip over your own feet.
- Getting stronger is useful in just about every sport. Working on your upper body and lower body are no brainers, right? True - but don't forget about your core muscles. Every muscle group is dependant upon a strong core to get the most out of your physical performance - make sure you pay special attention to this too-often neglected muscle group.
- Lastly, there are two popular adages when it comes to speed. First, Speed Kills. Second, You Can't Teach Speed. While the first certainly rings true, the second is dead wrong - by focusing on form and leg drive, you absolutely can improve both acceleration and top-end speed, GREATLY enhancing your value on the field at all times.
The best athletes are always working. If you slack off, you risk falling behind the curve. To be the best you can be, you need to always try to be improving. There is no offseason. Get to work!