Sports performance training aims to help athletes prepare their body and mind for a specific sport. A person’s unique characteristics, such as age and fitness level, in addition to the sport he or she plays, are considered to create a customized workout plan. This training can greatly improve a person’s athletic performance and self-confidence.
Particularities of Sport Specific Training
One might think an athlete’s particular skills and physical features will determine the chances of success in his/her discipline. Gymnasts would be lightweight and flexible, football players, strong and fast, or hockey players, natural ice skaters. While innate talent plays its part in sports, performance is about body and mind conditioning.
Each sport comes with different challenges (type of injuries, for instance) and fitness requirements. A program geared toward sports performance takes those into account:
- Functional strength
- Core training
- Speed, agility, flexibility
- Recovery techniques
- Mental focus
- Injury prevention
How to Get the Most out of Sports Performance Training
In order for athletes to receive all the benefits from performance training, they must give 100 %. Here are some tips for getting the most out of this training:
- Get plenty of rest: Performance training can tire your body out, so it is even more important to get adequate rest. It’s about recovery as much as replenishment.
- Choose intensity over volume: When it comes to training for a sport, quality is more important than quantity. If you increase your intensity during your workouts, you can improve your endurance and strength.
- Take days off: No matter what sport you’re training for, it is important to take at least one or two days off a week. Taking rest days will give your muscles a chance to repair themselves and avoid injuries.
- Adopt a nutritious diet: Eating whole and nutritious foods will improve your performance in the gym. If you include fish, chicken, fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your diet, you will have more energy and strength during your workouts. Remember to eat protein after you get done with a workout to help repair your muscles.
The foundational principles of sports performance training are not exclusive to professional or aspiring athletes. Even if you don’t train in a specific field, educating yourself on injury prevention, fitness nutrition and physical conditioning will make the difference not only when you work out, but also out of the gym, for your health and wellbeing.
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