A fitness, strength and conditioning program are now becoming a staple part of every athlete’s preparation for their sport. For decades we have known the importance of sharpening your skills until they are ﬁnely tuned and automatic for us to perform, even when we are exhausted. However, speciﬁc conditioning programs have only recently become a vital part of an athlete’s preparation.
Aside from the obvious beneﬁts that come with being an athlete, with better conditioning and more strength that has been developed to speciﬁcally boost your abilities in your sport, strength and conditioning (S&C) is probably more important for injury prevention.
An athlete that follows a well designed S&C program can prevent or even eliminate muscle imbalances as well as strengthen tendons and ligaments, which leads to fewer injuries. Most sports require an athlete to focus on skills through one side of their body (a boxer has a dominant hand / foot, football players have a dominant foot. golfers swing the same way etc). by addressing this imbalance you not only prevent injury, but you strengthen the existing biomechanics.
So injury prevention is vital, however, what about increasing your strength, speed, power and conﬁdence? An S&C program is the key to unlocking the potential in all of these areas.
The beneﬁts of being a faster or more powerful athlete are obvious. By increasing your speed you’ll be ﬁrst to the punch, tackle, intercept and by upping your power you‘ll jump higher, accelerate faster and become more explosive. However, the most powerful beneﬁt of an S&C program is in your mindset and confidence, as an athlete that knows what they are capable of and believes in themselves, is unstoppable!
By embracing your fitness, you are committing to your athleticism by your core skills – a solid foundation.