SUMMER BREAK IS HERE!
Summer break has officially begun and every diamond athlete has a different agenda. Some players will continue playing in summer leagues or on travel ball teams; some will practice and workout more frequently; and some will take time off.
Consistency & Maintenance Training
However, even with time off it’s important to “keep the coals burning,” especially in coordination with healthy preparation for upcoming events. Meaning, if a player is taking a two week vacation, with plans to jump right back onto the bump after. It is imperative that they perform at least a minimal amount of training during that period to stay in shape for their return. Otherwise they’re risking unnecessary stress from being out of shape.
The same can be said for those players returning to school after taking the summer off. Their training should prepare them for the expectations of the team. If the coach is expecting pitchers to be ready to throw bullpens within a week of returning to school. Players should begin preparation at least 2-3 weeks prior to reduce the risk of poor performance or injury.
Regardless of the situation, everyone knows that constant improvement is a must. Because lets be honest, there are more players on the team than starting positions on the field. Some athletes will work really hard and others will do the minimum to keep up and get by. But most realize training is a vital part of improving performance. Which is why it’s important that a player’s schedule does not prevent them from training. This is the reason Throw Smart training is designed to account for any agenda a player has. Giving every athlete the ability to get better anytime, anywhere. Even on vacation or at home where there can be a lack of resources. Workout routines will adjust according to the athlete’s schedule and equipment that is available, eliminating excuses to miss training sessions.
When discussing recovery there are two aspects to look at; rest recovery and active recovery. That said, there is a time and a place for both. But knowing when to do each is of the upmost importance for overall health.
Rest recovery should be done immediately following short term strenuous activity (i.e. a pitching appearance). On a broader scale, rest recovery should also be observed after a long stint of strenuous activity (i.e. a full season of excessive throwing). The amount of rest recovery time will vary from player to player based on individual circumstances.
Rest recovery is followed by active recovery which should begin in a timely fashion, as long as their is no pain, inflammation or injury. Active recovery will allow the muscles to heal faster and stronger, when the correct measures are taken to ensure proper joint integrity. Which is another reason the “Pitch Tracker” within the Throw Smart mobile app is such a beneficial feature. Since it allows Throw Smart’s AI to adjust a player’s recovery workouts according to their throwing workload. This further ensures the athlete stays healthy and feeling good all season long.
One of the most important parts of training, while either in-season or off-season, is workload management. Training too often can lead to stagnation or, even worse, injury. On the other hand not training enough leads to little or no results. So where is the happy medium?
We understand the importance of balancing strength training, velocity training and recovery. More importantly we understand how difficult these components can be to properly and efficiently implement. Especially when attempting to do so on a personalized level. Which is why solving this particular issue was a driving force behind the conception of the Throw Smart system. Our solution begins by physically assessing each individual athlete. Then leveraging AI technology to quickly analyze deficiencies and personally prescribe optimal schedules and routines. Ensuring we properly manage workloads while targeting the weak links and balancing each individual athlete from a total body standpoint. Because there is little debate that the right combination of these components warrants maximum performance, efficiency, health and results.
When it comes to off-season, vs in-season, training the landscape and goals change. During this seasonal downtime focus shifts to gaining strength, speed and velocity. Athletes that take this approach and work hard during the off-season can experience significant gains. However, when it comes time for the season to begin, too many times, training “falls at the waist side”. Followed by a quick shot of reality that improvements are much easier lost than gained. Learning first hand the reason why in-season training is so important and must remain a priority to maintain off-season improvements.
Yes, we understand finding time to train in-season can be a struggle; with games, practice and travel all playing large factors in regards to time management. But without this continued attention to training the hard work put in during the off-season is essentially for nothing. The good news is products like our Throw Smart mobile app are here to help. Providing exactly what to do and when to do it, eliminating questions and excuses. Supplying a quality maintenance workout that only requires some effort, drive and about 30-45 minutes of time. Assisting an athlete to gain and maintain!
Remember, eliminate excuses, get better on a daily basis, gain in the off-season, and maintain while in-season.