By Team Speed - March 15, 2019
By Team Speed - February 27, 2019
By Catherine A. Logan, MD, MBA, MSPT - November 12, 2018
By Team Speed Admin - October 2, 2018
The other day, an interesting discussion broke out amongst the trainers and athletes here at Sterling’s Team Speed. When combining multiple sports into your routine, what are the benefits and drawbacks? Do the sports compliment each other? Or, are they potentially detrimental to your body? This conversation is important, so let’s have it.
Some examples of the sports discussed included soccer, swimming, dancing and gymnastics, in addition to other athletics like yoga and pilates. We see a lot of young athletes in here, and about half of them play multiple sports. Now, there are certainly some implications as far as injury potential when athletes specialize in just one sport early on in their life, and this is a topic we covered in one of our more recent blog posts. This post is going to cover ways athletes can be more mindful and practice injury prevention while playing multiple sports.
Different sports work different muscles and demand specific movements from various areas of your body. Because of this truth, it’s important for any athlete (one who specializes, or one who plays multiple) to practice good body awareness. Knowing which muscle group would benefit from more strength in one sport versus that same muscle group demanding flexibility in another sport is absolutely critical in preventing injury, and maintaining the proper athleticism for both sports. For example, someone who plays soccer is going to have high demand on building strength in their hamstring muscle. If this same athlete also participates in gymnastics, dancing, yoga, or something similar, the hamstring muscle requires flexibility over strength. With the proper body awareness, you can work the two sports to actually compliment the other. However, without body awareness, the athlete may have a higher risk of injury.
Take the time to learn more about the demands of the sports you love and what steps you can take to make the most out of each of them.
Often, athletes face the roadblock where they need to choose which sport they are going to specialize in, and participate in the other sport as more of a supplement to the primary sport. For example, swimming would be a great supplement to any sport for endurance and breathwork. Similarly, yoga would be a great supplement for flexibility and fascia mobility.
Do what you can to keep your body safe while being the best athlete possible in each sport you participate in.
There’s many benefits to hiring a private coach or trainer, and certainly one of them is that they’ll do your homework for you. Sports performance trainers already know a lot about the sports you play, what is demanded of your body, and what kind of training will make you a better athlete, so why not also task them with helping you be the best athlete possible in multiple sports? A private coach is going to help you balance out your muscle groups specific to the sports you play, which is going to help prevent injury as well. Injury prevention is huge for elite athletes, and hiring a private trainer is a great way to decrease the likelihood of getting injured. Your private coach will also help you with mental toughness, and how to best practice mindfulness while participating in multiple sports.
The coaches at Sterling’s Team Speed are world-class and ready to work with any athlete. Start today with your Complimentary Private Training Session. Send us an email or give us a call at 303-779-3640.
By Team Speed - September 12, 2018
You don’t get to eat cake and expect to receive the same health benefits as you would with a nutritional, balanced meal, so why would training be that way? Our players train at 100% during the off season, and our elite athletes don’t stop training once the season starts. Here’s why:
Athletes at Sterling’s Team Speed train hard during the off-season. They gain in strength, flexibility, endurance, mental toughness, agility and speed. It’s important to not lose these gains once the season begins and maintain while in season. Often, athletes won’t maintain their gains by attending their team’s regular practices -- They need to commit even further and train with a private coach during the off-season.
The season starts and athletes are strong. However, as the season continues, athletes only get weaker and fitness levels diminish. Increased risk of injury is one of many implications at this point, and the best way to prevent injury is to continue to train outside of regular team practices.
It’s difficult, and frankly a waste of time and money, to push the pause button on private training during the season. At our sports and fitness facility in Denver, we highly encourage elite athletes to continue training while their team is in season a minimum of one time per week. This means the athlete is maintaining strength, power and mechanics rather than re-gaining them once the season is over.
As the season goes on, players have a more difficult time maintaining strength. By mid-season, they are at their weakest, leaving them at greater risk of injury. Athletes can help to prevent injuries by working with a private coach while their team is in season.
It’s our goal to keep our athletes on the field or court at their strongest throughout their team’s whole season. Oftentimes, the most important games are toward the end of the season when players are not at peak performance, so it’s important to not lose momentum from training during the off-season and put athletes at risk of injury.
As a general guideline, training a minimum of one time per week while in-season is sufficient to maintain gains made during the off-season. Players don’t train to gain at 100% like they do in the off-season. The focus shifts here at Sterling’s Team Speed to bettering the athlete and preventing injury.
In-season training is different for our athletes here at Sterling’s Team Speed. Don’t expect to come out of private training sessions sweating and exhausted. Players are not training at 100% effort while in season -- We design our training program around the athlete’s practice and game schedule. The training focus shifts from gaining to maintaining fitness, and preventing injury.