Why Your Single Sport Athlete Won't Make It To College.
I wanted to share some things with you that I've noticed over the years as far as injury, rehab and performance are concerned.
Good athletes are generally explosive in nature, but due to the explosiveness early on they tend to not focus on the important things, like the ability to absorb force.
This sets them up for a career of injury and re-injury, lowering the chances of achieving the dreams of playing at the collegiate level.
Based on my personal experience ( ACL, MCL & Meniscus Tears) sustained during college sports, I preach to my athletes to take a break, cross train and help them avoid the issues due to untreated micro-injury and poor patterning from playing the same sport all year around.
PLAYING A SPORT YEAR ROUND ENFORCES BAD PATTERNS.
Poor jumping, landing, loading and sprinting patterns puts pressure on the joint and ligament instead of the larger muscle which over time will cause injury and the body will move up the chain and find the next strongest joint to load pressure into it.
This will causing the next injury or re-injury to happen lowering their chances of staying healthy enough to make to and through college sports.
FATIGUE IS CAUSE BY VOLUME NOT LOAD.
Fatigue is caused be overall volume and not load. This can be counteracted with more rest and food, but due to the high volume in practice fatigue is constantly high which doesn't allow for recovery as well as they need.
If You Want To Keep Your Athletes Healthy & Injury Free We Do 2 Things:
1.) Fix The Pattern
2.) Improve Strength
Now we can do this in a different way other than loading heavier weights by keeping things lighter and under tension longer (move slowly or pause) however if they choose to avoid improving things in the weight room they will have a higher risk of injury.
Our athletes work with our nutritionist to help fight fatigue and injury but they will have to stay consistent in both training and eating to stay healthy enough to make it to college.