Fall sports are finally coming to an end, and for some, that means winter sports are here! But for others, the offseason is here. The offseason is a great opportunity for any athlete to improve their game, both physically and mentally. And now is the time to take advantage of this opportunity!
At Warren Academy, we offer a variety of offseason training programs. From strength and conditioning to position-specific training, as well as our 7v7 travel teams, our coaches work hard to help our young athletes reach their offseason goals. Below, we go over some ways athletes can start their offseason off strong!
Make a plan
The next thing every athlete should do once their season ends is to make an offseason plan. When planning, athletes should decide how they want to train. Are you looking to primarily build strength? Are you wanting to increase your speed? Do you need to get extra sport-specific practice in? Figuring out what you need to improve on the most will allow you to set priorities for yourself, and come up with an organized plan.
Next, what is an offseason without goals? Setting goals is one of the best ways athletes can hold themselves accountable throughout the entire offseason. Whether you make short or long-term goals, write them down in a place where you will see them every day, to remind yourself exactly what you want to get out of your offseason!
Take breaks when needed
The offseason can seem like it’s forever, and although working hard every day is great, overuse injuries can start to come into play. If you ever feel like you need to take a day off here and there, do it! Although you shouldn’t make it a habit to take days off, your health is the top priority.
In a sport like football, athletes can never watch too much film. During the offseason, watching film is very useful to athletes as it allows them to see what they are doing well and the things they need to improve on, as well as watch and learn from other players.
Focus on wellness
Lastly, during the offseason, all athletes should focus on their health and wellness, both physical and mental. This includes understanding what to fuel your body with before and after workouts, how many hours of sleep you should be getting every night and other ways to not only stay healthy and well physically, but mentally as well.
As the offseason starts up for many athletes, it’s important to go into your offseason training with a plan, goals in place and ultimately focus on your personal growth and health.
If you are looking for an offseason training program, check out our website to learn more about all of our programs! We offer a variety of offseason training programs throughout the course of the winter and spring that focus on athlete development in a number of different athletic areas!