Athletes: what’s your strategic plan for 2012?

Nick Olsen is a wellness services specialist at the Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine Center in Green Bay.

In my newest posting, I went to one of our experts and asked her to help me explain what an athlete’s year-long training schedule might look like.

Staci Gruenke, is not only a licensed athletic trainer, but also one of our Athletic Republic trainers here at Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine.  I have to give credit where credit is due, and let you know Staci is the one who contributed the majority to this topic.

As an athlete, how you train is as important as when you train.  Whether you are getting ready for an upcoming season, or maintaining during, how you train during these times differs.

When we talk to our athletes, we like to lay out a year-long training calendar. We break the year up into four sections: off-season, pre-season, in-season and postseason.

We will start your year calendar with an off-season training program. This is where you will develop a sound conditioning and strength base, focusing on high resistance training, increasing intensity and volume as you progress.

Next, pre-season is sport-and-movement specific (strength, power and endurance), designed to get you ready for your sport. This is the timeframe when you will increase the frequency and intensity of your workouts to improve your aerobic endurance.

Your season is what you spend your entire off-season training for. It is extremely important to continue with your strength training. Your workouts will be low volume and high intensity, focusing on proper technique for peak performance.

The postseason is a time of active rest and recovery, which may include activities other than sport-specific or strength training. Remember, this the time for your body to recover from the grind of your training program and season.

It is important to follow these guidelines to maximize the time, effort and energy you put into training and preparing for your season. At Athletic Republic, we focus on training athletes properly, to increase performance and prevent injuries.

Let us put together your year-long training calendar and we will show you how a proper training program, along with the necessary rest and recovery phase, will put you in a position to succeed on the field and in your gym.

Athletic Republic – we have the athlete down to a science!

Whether you’re a competitive athlete or a weekend warrior, Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine’s experts will put you on top of your game. To start your customized training program, contact us at 920-288-5400.

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