Pre-season training for high school and middle school football players is essential for success. By getting in shape and building up strength and stamina before the season starts, players will be better prepared to face the rigors of competition.
Off-Season Physical Conditioning
Pre-season training is essential for any football player who wants to be in peak physical condition come the start of the season. By building up strength and stamina during pre-season, players can be sure that they will be able to withstand the rigors of the season and perform at their best.
With a little bit of hard work during pre-season, any football player can be ready for the challenges of the upcoming season. To get the most out of pre-season training, players need to focus on exercises that improve their speed, strength, agility, and power. Interval training, plyometrics, and weightlifting are great ways to build up the strength and stamina required to succeed.
As offseason training progresses, speed work should progress from more linear acceleration work to more complex skills, routes, and agility work. Plyometrics will focus on building jump capacity and moving to more explosive movements in preparation for the season. The main strength lifts will include Olympic lifts or variations, squats, deadlifts, bench presses, and heavy pulls.
This type of training helps prepare the athlete for the rigors of the season and provides a foundation for continued success.
Training For Injury Resilience
Elite athletes know that they need to put in the work before the season even starts to perform at the highest level. Preseason training helps build injury resilience in athletes by making sure that players are physically ready for the demands of the game.
By strengthening muscles and improving their ability to withstand the forces and velocities of in-season movements, players can reduce their risk of sustaining a severe injury during competition. In addition, preseason training provides an opportunity to identify and correct any imbalances in the body that could lead to an injury down the road.
As a result, players who participate in preseason training are better prepared to withstand the rigors of the season and are more likely to stay healthy throughout the year.
Key Focus Areas
When it comes to football, there are three key areas that players need to focus on in order to be successful: conditioning, speed and agility, and lifting.
Conditioning is important because it helps players be in peak physical shape, which is essential for dealing with in-game demands.
Speed and Agility training is important as there are a lot of movement patterns in football that require absorbing and transferring force quickly – into many different directions.
Lifting is essential because it helps players develop the power and explosiveness needed to make plays.
All three of these areas are essential for football players, and ignoring any of them can lead to subpar performance.
For high school and middle school football players, off-season or pre-season training is essential for success on the field. By engaging in certain lifts, drills and conditioning exercises, players can improve their speed, strength, agility, and power. Players can set themselves up for success on the gridiron with proper preparation.
Get Prepped Victoria
Speed Mechanics offers the AP Football Off-Season Prep program for middle school and high school football players locally, here in Victoria. Our ninety-minute sessions focus on speed, strength, power, and football-specific conditioning, tailor-made to your position.
We’ll focus on skill and speed work on Mondays and Thursdays, followed by plyometrics and lifts. Tuesdays and Fridays are dedicated to general conditioning, grappling for contacts, and supplemental lifts. By following our program, you’ll see a significant improvement in your performance on the field.
So if you’re serious about taking your football game to the next level, sign up for AP Football Off-Season Prep today!