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It’s now October, which means a few things…
School and NFL football has begun with REAL referees, and you probably are returning to the track for GPP training.
Most of my College and post-College athletes took 2 weeks off with the first week of absolutely nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing!
The annual plan of a typical track and field athlete is 48 to 50 weeks, with a 2 month competitive phase in the summer.
Do the math… that’s a lot of prep time for a short competition season!
But have you ever thought about the life of an NFL Football player? They have a lot of time off and most (good) S&C coaches prescribe off-season training plans to their players.
But what will they do? Here is a hint of what they can do:
- Do nothing
- Train inappropriately (i.e. Cross-Fit or MMA training)
- Actually follow the prescribed off-season training plan
Something is out of balance and perhaps that is why we see so many injuries.
Given the potential for athletes to arrive at training camp out of shape or inappropriately conditioned, the coaching staff must look at alternatives for ensuring their players are ready for training camp and the regular season.
Derek Hansen, my Head Coach from my former Track Club in Vancouver (circa 2009), wrote a nice in-depth analysis and guidelines on the usage of EMS and NFL football players with key benefits of Electrostimulation for in-season football use.
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