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On the flip side, 2nd and 3rd string players who do not see much playing time, especially underclassmen, should take the time during the season to carry over their hard work from the off-season and continue to increase the intensity in order to get bigger, faster, and stronger for their time on the field.
The body of a football player endures a significant amount of physical punishment on the field and in practices throughout the season, so when looking to provide the necessary stimulus to the body and muscles, it’s important to look for ways to ease the stress that may be put on joints, muscle groups, or tendons and ligaments.
In the pre-season, working on explosiveness off the line, tackling form, or throwing arm strength are basically your primary goals, depending on your position. These types of drills and lifts that build your body up to perform those movements are perfect for the off-season, since you aren’t actually putting your body through the strains of those movements in a game. Plus, many of these workouts are designed to build strength at the expense of technique.
When a football player begins to show signs of strength loss during the season, it usually can be attributed to loss of bodyweight due to the increased amount of running that in-season training brings. Constantly remind athletes that proper nutrition is vital to helping them maintain the muscle mass they built up over the season. A few months of poor dieting can erase an entire year of hard work in the gym.
The old saying is “Champions are made in the off-season”, right? So how does that saying apply to football players, who spend all summer getting bigger, stronger, and faster? In-season strength and conditioning is often overlooked by coaching staffs, especially at the high school level when developing the player’s body is most important.
Check out the stats from any of your local high school football teams, and we’d be willing to bet that games at the end of the season tend to be much lower scoring than early season games. This attributes to players coming into the season fresh off of a lifting and conditioning program that has them in peak shape.
Clean Gear Feels Better Wet, muddy and soaked gear is uncomfortable to play in. Not only will it rub uncomfortably on your skin, but dirty gear coming into contact with an open wound is never safe. All that grime from your equipment will easily infect any broken surfaces on your body, which may become a serious health problem if not properly treated.
It Keeps Your Gear in Top Condition It may not be a top priority for football players, but you want to keep your pads and other gear in good shape so that you can use it again for many future games. Washing and cleaning your gear is essential to that – otherwise bacteria and germs will make themselves at home. If you take good care of your equipment, then you will be able to wear the gear longer and not have to constantly buy new cleats or other gear due to damage and grime.
Football is one of the most physical sports on the planet, and it is also one of the dirtiest. We are not talking about fouls or injuring people. Sometimes, NFL players can get so dirty they have to take a shower at halftime before the second half, in addition to after the game. That is why it is so paramount for players to clean their equipment between practices and games. Here are five reasons why football players should clean their gear daily.
3) Dirty Gear Smells Awful Football is hard work and definitely makes all players sweat, especially during those warm summer months. It is important to spray down the pads and get rid of that body odor smell. No one wants to have that smell linger around the house or even in the locker room after the game. If you cannot wash your gear, then at the very least spray it and get rid of the smell until you can get home to properly clean and disinfect.
) Look Good, Play Good Confidence plays a major factor in sports, especially when you get to high school, college and beyond. Looking good while you are playing is not the most important thing, but it certainly helps for some. That is why to at least start the game, have your uniform looking sharp and the gear you are wearing clean. Even clean off your cleats, gloves and helmet so we can see what team you play for in the game.