As a strength and conditioning coach or sport scientist, you know that preseason is a crucial time for athletes. This is the time when they need to be in top form to perform their best during the regular season. Here are four elements to keep in mind for a successful preseason:
1. Have a plan.
The first step to a successful preseason is to have a plan. You need to know what your goals are and how you’re going to achieve them. Without a plan, it’s easy to get sidetracked and waste valuable time.
2. Keep players in condition during the off-season.
It’s important to keep athletes in shape during the off-season so they’re ready to hit the ground running when preseason starts. This means making sure they’re doing some sort of training, whether it’s lifting weights, running, or playing other sports.
3. Monitor performance progression.
As preseason progresses, it’s important to monitor how athletes are performing. This will help you adjust your plan if necessary and make sure everyone is on track.
4. Meet the specific needs of individual players.
Each athlete is different and will have different needs during the preseason. It’s important to tailor your program to each individual so they can get the most out of it.
Preseason is an important time for athletes and coaches alike. By following these four tips, you can set your athletes up for success and help them reach their goals.
Are you a coach wanting to make an impact in elite sport join our Coaches Academy
Click this link for more information
Jack McLean is the founder of Prepare Like a Pro. He loves coaching people so that they can reach their personal/professional goals and become the best that they can possibly be. He is currently the Strength & Rehab Coach of Melbourne Football Club and has worked as Strength & Conditioning Coach at Hawthorn Football Club. Jack is a Level 3 Australian Strength & Conditioning Association and Professional Coach and a Level 1 Australian Weightlifting Federation Coach.