During the winter and summer, young athletes often have a welcome break from their regular practices and games. While these breaks give them a chance to rest and recuperate from the season, it is very important for them to stay active in the off-season.
Whether you enroll your young athletes in soccer training programs or encourage them to exercise regularly at your local gym, continued physical activity can ensure the on-season will free of injuries or fatigue. Discover other important reasons why your children shouldn’t skip off-season physical activity and enroll them in soccer camps today.
- Athletes can learn and hone new skills: The off-season is the perfect time for your children to practice without the pressure of competition. Whether your child wants to learn soccer skills that are new to them or perfect the moves they have, it will probably be easier for them to do so without the eyes of their team and coach on them. If your child plays baseball during the year, consider enrolling them in a soccer training program during the off-season. Not only will they learn new skills, but research has shown that doing the same sport year-round can cause injuries from overuse.
- Athletes have time to recharge: In conjunction with physical overexertion, mental burnout is a concern for young athletes who constantly engage in highly competitive sports. About 60% of children who play organized sports in the United States play sports outside of school. The off-season is a chance for your hard-working athlete to get their mind off of the competition and back onto their love for the sport. By taking the time to recharge, your child will be able to return to the regular season with a renewed focus, interest, and intensity for their sport.
- Athletes will improve and balance their strength: Athletes tend to place unequal pressures on parts of their body, no matter the sport. When you and your child ignore these imbalances, there is a higher risk that your child will suffer an injury or other health problems in the regular season. Encourage your child to improve their strength during the off-season to correct to imbalances and increase their overall abilities.
The term “off-season” can be misleading. Your young athlete should never truly be “off” of their sport, but rather practicing at a reduced intensity or in an alternative way. If you’re interested in enrolling your child in a soccer training program to keep them active all year round, contact U.K. Elite Soccer today.