Question: Should my son be training at all during the season? Both he and I have noticed that he is not as strong as at the beginning of the year. He has weight training at school but I don’t see much change.
Answer: I spoke with Jamal Brooks who spent seven years in the NFL with the Cowboys, the Packers and the Ravens. In his career, both in collegiate ball and professionally, the most important day of training was the day after the game.
He wondered why no one is is training on Saturday or why coaches weren’t able to pay close attention to recovery for their players. He says it is important to go and train with a recovery program and for players to have access to stretching programs or ice therapy. If the schools are not able, or allowed to have a program, then it is up to the players to address post game recovery.
If your son is not able to maintain his strength levels then as the season progresses he will be more prone to injury. If your team does make it into the post season, then for those games which are win or go home, theoretically your son will be at his weakest.
High school weightlifting classes seem to rarely make a difference despite the efforts and best intentions of the coaches. There are too many students, too little instruction and too many opportunities for individuals to get by instead of get better. Your son needs to be as productive as possible in his class and take responsibility for his training.
On Saturday morning, as unpleasant as it may sound to him, he needs to engage in a light training, stretching and rollout routine which will help in his recovery.
Also even one good day of training a week for those not in class at all can produce a positive effect in maintaining strength through the season.
God bless and keep training,