Did you have a good off-season of training for your sport? That's great, but you still need to train during the season! Look at this client Q & A:
Client Q: During my first college baseball season, I started to wear down because I hadn't played that many games before--what do I need to do?
Mark's A: A big part of periodization training is designed to allow the athlete to peak (and maintain high performance) at the right time--during the season! Read my post about athletic periodization training.
Increases in strength and speed may still be needed during the season (as in track and field). In other sports, such as baseball or football, strength and power needs to be maintained during the season. This means that if you stop strength and power training during the season, your performance will begin to decline as the season wears on. One to 2 days of strength and power training during the season is enough.
It is also critical that you get adequate rest and proper nutrition during the season. Some sports, such as baseball and basketball, require you to play as many as 5-6 games per week. And, a sport such as football takes a physical toll on the body. The right balance of training, nutrition and rest is necessary to allow you to maintain peak performance.
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