July 26th, 2013

Health N' Sports: Pre-Season Training

Staff Report

Health N' Sports: Pre-Season Training
Ben Johnson leading St. Xavier against Collegiate / file photo by Paul Najjar

As a part of the Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic, the Sports Rehab Team physical therapists are knowledgeable and trained in the latest advancements and techniques available in sports rehabilitation.

On a weekly basis, the Health N’ Sports Update will give information on prevention, recovery, and include special offers, as well as general health tips that would be beneficial to all. If there is a specific topic you’d like to know or hear more about, email future suggestions to editor@catholicsportsnet.com.

It’s easy to let loose and enjoy the lazy days of summer sitting by the pool or hanging out with friends. Yet, try to commit to some kind of routine and goals such as planning to get in at least “x” number of workouts per week. You can incorporate some of the things you normally do to condition for your sport to maintain your strength and endurance. Instead of spending time during pre-season conditioning just building yourself back up to where you were at the end of your last season, you can use this time to push yourself to the next level. By doing this, you’ll decrease your risk of injury by avoiding putting stress on your body from doing little to nothing and trying to do too much too fast in the fall season. Once true practice and conditioning for your season begins, it won’t be as challenging and taxing to get back into the regular regiment.

Sacred Heart Academy Head Soccer Coach Jaclyn Putullio answers questions on “Pre-Season” Training:

1) What (as a coach) are the most important factors for student athletes during the pre-season?

I think the most important factors for student athletes during pre-season are proper nutrition, hydration and rest.  Our soccer players are working at a high level for 3.5-4 hours a day for two weeks; their performance and results suffer and they risk heat illness and even injury if they're not taking care of themselves properly.

2) What are your goals for the pre-season?

Our main goal for pre-season is to provide the athletes with a fitness base that will prepare  them for the season and will help prevent injuries along the way.  In addition to the physical side of the game, this is also when we want to mentally prepare them for the season.  We encourage them to push themselves and to motivate one another to get better everyday. It's the time the players really bond and come together.  There is nothing better than seeing them encourage each other during a particularly tough workout. 

3) Do you feel like pre-season training is very important for student athletes? Why?

I think preseason is very important, especially for the prevention of injuries during the season. This year we have really focused on movements that help prevent ACL injuries. 

4) Do you feel like pre-season training has become more important year to year for high school students?

Yes, I do feel like preseason has become more important each year.  I think part of it is recognition that coming into the season cold can lead to injuries, and part of it is just the drive and focus on being successful.  You can't underestimate the value of preparation and hard work for a player or a coach. Our team goals each year always stress being the hardest working team in the state and the best prepared.  Our preseason is an integral part of meeting those goals. 

5) What injuries does summer training or pre-season training help young student athletes prevent?

I think preseason helps to prevent all injuries during the regular season, although our training program focuses on a lot of movements that are specifically designed to prevent ACL injuries. Carlos Collins from Perform to Perfection is working with our girls during preseason this year on strength training and I feel like it's been very positive for them both physically and mentally. They're stronger, more fit and more confident. 

Stay tuned for the next few weeks “Health N’ Sports” as Louisville Catholic Sports Network works with Louisivlle Orthopaedic Clinic to feature a Sacred Heart Academy soccer player and a three-part video series on an ACL Surgery recovery.

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