Top Off-season Training Tips for the Holiday Season
Duke has enjoyed some impressive wins recently, but with the Christmas season upon us it is time to put down the basketball, get some relaxation time in and enjoy all of the good cheer and great food that the festive season brings. At the same time, it is important for basketball players to understand that the off-season period over Christmas shouldn’t be squandered. Intense on-season training will have taken its toll on hip, ankle and knee joints, and the vacation is a crucial recovery period. Furthermore, you should be thinking about how to use the Christmas holiday period to prepare for the next burst of hard training. Off-season can be a bit of an ordeal for players who have grown used to the enforced schedule of training sessions and games on-season. Suddenly, players have to push themselves and organize their own regime, and balance recovery with the need to keep in good form. Here are some top tips to help you sort out the right off-season training program for you:
Top off-season training tips
1) Firstly, make sure you do accept that you should take some time to let your body relax completely for at least a couple of days. This means no Boxing Day three-mile runs and no sneaky 45-minute weights sessions in the gym on Christmas eve. Don’t feel guilty about taking two or three days off; you have worked hard and you deserve it!
2) Don’t forget the need to mentally relax as well, as this is just as important when it comes to preserving yourself for your next dose of on-season training.
3) The off-season period is time for reflection and making important new goals for the next installment of hard training. If you have not done so already, make sure you [...]