2. Most athletes are constantly sore and tired during the in-season, usually this is due to the fact most athletes do not know how to recover properly. During the in-season athletes are most vulnerable to injuries too, so in order to stave off injuries, strength, flexibility, and movement skills need to beat their best. Athletes should integrate many methods to promote faster recover and prevent injuries. These range from dynamic warm-ups, to specific stretching and myo-fascial release, to prehab and rehab exercises. This way you can prevent injuries and recover faster from any that happen.
3. Since most athletes play a sport year-round. If athletes take the in-season off from training they will never be training. Learning the fundamentally correct movement skills for speed and agility, and strength and power is an ongoing process. Most athletes that haven't trained before have developed bad habits that will increase the likeliness of injury or decrease performance, unlike a computer, we need to run the correct program thousands of times to make it permanent. During season, the focus is on performing well and getting the job done. If we aren't focusing some time on proper mechanics, those old habits will take hold again.
So in conclusion, training in-season will help maintain strength, power, agility, and flexibility, it will help reduce injury and increase recovery, and help you keep performing at top levels without developing bad habits. Although the training in-season should not be as intense of the off-season, training should still take place if you want to perform at the next level.
-Abby Jorgensen, Yahoo! Contributor Network
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