Athlete training varies by sport. For example, football training should look different from basketball training, and baseball training should look different from track training. Each sport requires athletes to utilize different muscle groups, which is why no sport should be the same when it comes to training.
At Warren Academy, we offer sport specific training programs to help athletes grow in the sport they play. In our sport-specific training programs, we focus on conditioning our athletes both mentally and physically, and help improve endurance, strength, agility, balance, and injury prevention. We tailor our program to each athlete’s needs.
Here’s why all athletes should be participating in sport-specific training!
Helps prevent injuries
Each sport uses different muscle groups, and constantly playing or practicing can lead to overuse in these muscles. In our sports specific training programs, we focus on building strength in the muscles our athletes use most in order to prevent injuries from happening in the future. We do this by training your body to perform movements that are similar to your sport, which also increases muscle memory in our athletes.
During sport specific training programs, athletes are conditioned to their sport or the particular role they play in a team sport. An example of this would be footwork drills for football defensive backs. Quick feet and change of direction are essential for DB’s to make plays on the field, which is why we work on this during our sport specific training programs. This is not only vital for older athletes but younger athletes who are wanting to develop correct technique and fundamentals as well.
Improved strength and agility
Strength, speed and agility exercises are a vital part of sport-specific training since they provide power improvements in a way that is specific to the required sport and technique. Some of the exercises that develop these skills include sprints, plyometrics, and weight lifting that mimic the same movements made in the desired sport. These exercises help in improving speed and agility for acceleration and being able to stop and change direction quickly. For example, sprint training exercises such as cone drills help in developing explosive speed.
Creates muscle memory
Lastly, sport specific training programs help athletes visualize why they are doing these drills and create muscle memory. They are able to connect these drills to practices and games, making them much more understanding as to why they need to practice and improve these specific skills. In a way, sport specific training can help athletes connect their offseason strength, speed, and agility training in season fundamentals!
At Warren Academy, our sport specific training program will help athletes improve strength, agility, muscle memory, and injury prevention. In our sport specific program, as well as all of our programs, we push our athletes to work hard each and every day. Our goal is to help our athletes reach their full potential. Visit our website today to learn more about our sports performance programs and sign up for a session today!