So what does this mean ? When does it start? Stuff to consider?
Its not just about the Christmas excess but also about getting mentally and physically fit to avoid injury and have your best season ever.
There being a world of difference between the pro world and the field of the recreational sports person, I believe that pre-season training should be embraced as a chance to deal with last years injuries and try to prevent a recurrence of these same issues. Being able to perform better, earlier in the season is not only likely to improve your results but also help to prevent injury (as much as this is possible). A full review by a physio to assess any old injuries and to gauge any weaknesses, or in this positive environment, areas that require improvement can be identified and a specific program can be tailored for the individual and their intended activity.
Pre-season training does not need to be a grind and dependant upon your baseline it does not have to be an arduous task. Initially 2-3 sessions per week aimed at strength and cardiovascular fitness would be a great start for any individual. Later on skills sessions need to be integrated , not just to hone your skills but to work on the balance/control tasks required in your sport. It is this last issue that the get fit quick regimes do not consider. Any improved control and improved body positioning helps to decrease the stresses on the body, especially in a fatigued state so the old training tasks that we learnt early in our sporting careers can often be the most important.
When to start ? Its good to have a break sometimes but just remember as a general rule you need at least six weeks to have muscle growth so this number can perhaps be taken from the date prior to your first training session or, considered return to “proper” training.
This BLOG only details a basic outline. There is a lot of information on the net differing significantly based on factors such as the level and age of the competitors. The principles generally remain the same and the following links can be considered in researching this further:
Jason is the Leichhardt Physiotherapy's practice principal and has been practicing as a physiotherapist for over 16 years