The high school baseball season has started and many of my players have been back into the gym each week to do their “in-season” training.
These guys are more than dedicated and they understand the importance of maintaining and in some cases continuing to improve throughout the playing season.
I also get updates from most of my players each week letting me know how they are feeling and how they are performing.
The guys that are complaining of arm pain, fatigue, and having issues are almost always the same guys who have opted out of in-season training.
The guys who are feeling great and continue to improve, are almost always the same guys who come in to train each week…even if it is once a week.
Is this a coincidence?
I think not.
It is pretty simple.
It doesn’t take long at all to lose vital mobility and strength. In fact in just a week, you can feel a big difference. Factor in the additional practices, increase in throwing and hitting and the body just starts to fight back.
In-season training…at the very least will help the player stay mobile, and loose while keeping the basic strength, power and speed that was developed in the off-season. Even more important, it will keep them healthy!
At the most these guys will actually keep improving in those areas and get better as the season progresses.
When you stop training all together, bad habits take over. Mobility gets worse fast. Strength fades, and speed and power are lost too. Soon enough, pain and small injuries creep in and eventually, the player is taking time off and losing valuable playing.
In-season training is vital for the guys who are serious about getting to the top of their game, and staying healthy.
Time constraints from lengthy practices, extra games, etc… can get in the way of any additional time to do the training that is necessary. I get that. I understand it too.
However, at the same time, other guys and parents will find the time.
My high school wrestling coach used to tell all of us something that has stuck with me throughout my entire life…
”If it is really important to you, you will find the time…you will find a way! If you don’t find the time or a way, it was never really important to you in the first place!”
Success has a price.
In-Season training is vital to success and staying healthy.
Just the other day, I had a parent stop in and tell me how much he regretted not having his son train during the season last year. He admitted to me that he thinks that his son lost his edge and eventually got injured because of it.
His son comes in year-round now. Hasn’t had an issue and is getting better and better.
If improving is truly important and staying healthy is vital to you or your ball player, find the time. Find a way. Even if it is at home, in your basement or garage. Find the time.