In-Season Training

It is true that when it comes to the year long training cycle, in-season training is a physically and mentally tough element of the training circuit that a lot of people struggle to get to grips with.

In-season training is all about mind power, because as an athlete you know that it is good for you, and that it will ultimately help your outcome on the field as an individual and also as a team player.

However, it is hard to prioritise this when your ultimate goal is to just improve at your field sport as much as you can over the duration of the season. Here, we are going to expand on what exactly in-season is and some of the ways that it can benefit you.

The Importance Of In-Season Training

We all know that off-season and pre-season are really important stages, but it really can’t be ignored that in-season is a crucial time for athletes to train.

The goal should be to reach your absolute physical peak when it comes to the end of your usual season, and also so that you are prepared for your postseason tournaments.

You do not want to hit this physical peak and then suddenly drop. This would defeat the point of you hitting your physical peak in the first place. You want to hit this physical peak and then stay at that level, or you want to get even better.

So, in order to stay at this physical peak then you need to make sure that you get ready to come out of the season in the right way, and with all the right steps in place.

This is where in-season training comes in.

In-season training is something that all athletes do differently, it all depends on your training regime and what works best for you.

However, in-season training can be very different to other kinds of training that you will do, but it is not something that needs to be dreaded or that needs to be feared.

The most engaging kind of in-season training can be training that is the opposite of the sport itself.

This might sound kind of confusing, but we can expand on this.

We can already hear your brain screaming ‘WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?!’ because for years you have been conditioned to train for a particular sport in a particular way.

In-season training can be the most effective if it is something that is totally different to the sport that you are doing. This is something that can become easy to get to grips with, and it can also be something that is easy to incorporate and include within your training regime.

What Is The Purpose Of In-Season Training?

The whole point of in-season training is so that you can reduce injuries. So, what has this got to do with doing the opposite training for your sport?

Well, if you consistently train and then practice your sport then this will actually increase your risk of injury through overworking your muscles.

If you are constantly being subjected to doing the same kinds of training patterns as you do in your sport, then you could end up overusing muscles and joints and this will in turn lead to unwanted injuries.

In-season training is the best way that you can prevent this from happening, because it ensures that athletes stay at the peak of their physical condition and that they stay as healthy as possible.

After all, you do not want to lose your best starting lineup to unwanted training injuries. This is not us trying to kid you into thinking that by adding variety to your in-season training then your athletes will never become injured.

This would be a blatant lie. Of course, all athletes suffer from sport-related or training-related injuries from time to time, but varying up your in-season training strategies will reduce this risk.

The whole motivation behind in-season training is to keep athletes at their physical peak right up until the very end of the season, and there are a lot of ways that you can do this through in-season training.

Team Sports And In-Season Training

A whole host of team sports have a lot of similarities when they are in-season. There is a high volume of activity within team sports and also you will typically use just your bodyweight.

Additionally, there is a low amplitude of movement which is basically where athletes never use their full joint range of motion, this is true for most team sports activities.

You might now be wondering how exactly you are meant to implement in-season training that is the complete opposite of your sport. So what you will be wanting to do is essentially reverse what we have just said.

Rather than the upkeep of a high volume of activity, you should instead focus on a low volume of in-season strength training.

Rather than just using your bodyweight you should try and stimulate an increased threshold motor unit activation, this is key for strength gain and also for strength maintenance.

Rather than a low amplitude of movements, you should instead incorporate a high amplitude of movements into your in-season training. This will help joint restoration and it will also enhance joint mobility too.

It is important to note that these are just guidelines that you can work with and that you can adapt in a way that will best suit you and your in-season training.

Ultimately, this can be a trial and error process, but it is important to work out what training methods you and your body get on with, alongside working out those training methods which make you shudder to think about and that you end up dreading.

Training can be enjoyable? Who knew! It is just important to workout in a way that not only benefits you, but that pushes you and your progress within your sport.

In Conclusion

In-season training is a really key element of sports training because it helps to ensure that athletes stay at their physical peak and that they progress through until the very end of the season to the best of their ability.

In-season training really helps to reduce the risk of injury through over-using muscles and for putting too much strain on your joints.

All athletes will encounter injuries from time to time, but with in-season training it is just that extra preventative barrier that will reduce the risk of injury through training. In-season training is just all about helping you to reach your full potential within your sport.