Frequently Asked Questions
1. How often should a multi-sport athlete train in-season?
Typically, athletes in-season training will consist of 1-2 days of resistance training. The training consists of light to moderate loads. Stress on the muscles can increase the risk of injury or diminish performance. Therefore, proper recovery between exercise sessions and games is imperative.
It will depend on the athlete but multi-sport athletes should devote at least 1 day to training for the next sport season. As the current season comes to a close, 2-3 days of sport specific training is necessary to prepare the athlete for the transition into the next season. Again, proper recovery is very important. So, in scheduling training days, take into account a day of rest before and after a game.
2. What does the 3D MAPS assessment do?
3D MAPS is a screening process that allows the movement professional to see how athletes move in every direction. We live in a 3 dimensional world. Our bodies move forward and backward, side to side and rotate left and right. The 3D MAPS screen looks at the body's connections that produce movement. It triggers "energy leaks" that result in improper movement patterns. It is those energy leaks which the movement professional will aim to correct in order to facilitate improved motion. Improved motion will increase injury prevention and lead to optimal performance.
3. How do I improve my speed?
Straight ahead speed is the component of stride length, stride frequency and anaerobic endurance. Increasing one's speed would require a deeper look at running mechanics. However, improvements in strength, flexibility and power can improve the components of speed.
Sport specific drills including plyometrics improve power and anaerobic endurance. Resistance training to improve the strength of the lower extremities. Functional strength and flexibility exercises improve the muscles ability to load(stretch) and explode. Proper speed training will improve the athlete in all components specific to their needs and the demands of the sport.