One of the most avoided facets of sport by most young athletes is conditioning. “I hate to run.” “I’ll get in game shape when the season starts.” “I’ll lift in the off-season.”
The disciplined athlete conditions herself because she knows it could make the difference. Because he makes it a competitive thing, that no player will “out-condition” him in preparation for the win. Conditioning is entirely in control of the athlete, but it requires a mature approach: to do hard things that we don’t always enjoy because we know they will help us succeed.
Team sports involve a high level of movement, game intensity, and power and stamina required over time. To fully prepare yourself, get in shape. You want to increase your power, balance, strength, agility, endurance, and coordination. Do more aerobic training (running, biking, swimming, playing basketball) as well as anaerobic training (sprints, jump workouts, HIIT training) to increase your ability to go longer and harder. Remember, no matter what sport and what level, conditioning will make you better at it. That’s a competitive edge worth fighting for.
“The goal of conditioning is to optimize the performance of the athlete and minimize the risk of injury and illness.”
Benefits of Conditioning for an Athlete:
-greater strength and resilience
-better cognitive recognition
-fuller recovery (quicker recovery)
-greater mental strength
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