Off-Season for Athletes
Off-Season for Athletes – Sportsmen and women train and compete in competitions in all year. Do they even rest at all, from indoor to outdoor events?
What is an off-season? This is the period of time after the conclusion of the season where athletes decrease sport-specific skill work and start to focus on functional movement and strength training.
This has been a very heated debate on the side of coaches and athletes. Some of the athletes compete for all year round in each race without having no rest. They only rest when they are injured.
A vivid and well-explained context Micheal Agyei Kwakye (Coach Mickey). Honorary Coach University of Education Winneba (UEW), Central Region
“The transition phase, often inappropriately called the off-season, links two annual training plans. This phase facilitates psychological rest, relaxation, and biological regeneration while maintaining an acceptable level of general physical preparation.
There’re two types of transition phases namely Active transition and Passive transition”.
“After long periods of training, hard work, and stressful competitions in which both physiological and psychological fatigue can accumulate, a transition period should be used to link annual training plans or preparation for another major competition, as in the case of the bi-cycle, tri-cycle, and multi-cycle annual training plan.
The transition phase serves an important role in preparing the athlete for the next training cycle. The athlete should start the new preparatory phase only when fully recovered from the previous competitive season.
If the athlete initiates a new preparatory phase without full recovery, it is likely that performances will be impaired in future competitive cycles and the risk of injury will increase”.