SUMMER WEIGHT TRAINING - PART I: THE DO’S...

All over the great state of Texas students are chomping at the bit to trade in their homework and essays for swimming pools and vacations. In my clinic, I’m often asked by both parents and students alike about summer conditioning and what are the “best” workout programs. I am in no position to determine what the ideal fitness program is for each athlete (that’s up to the coaches!) but I do feel strongly about guiding athletes in their summer conditioning activities in order to help keep them healthy and injury-free. The next two months will focus on using proper weightlifting techniques in order to help prevent summer injuries; this month we will examine the DO’s and next month we will examine the DO NOT’s…

Summer is a great time for athletes to gain speed, strength, and endurance between seasons and are often given recommended regimens by their coaches. Because there is essentially unlimited time in the summer for kids to workout, many spend hours and hours conditioning their bodies. However, often there is much less supervision in the summer by coaching staff so I want to cover several DO’s when it comes to properly training in the weightroom this summer:

These are the DO’s and next month I will share a short but equally important list of DO NOT’s when it comes to weight training. This is very timely for our summer workouts and weight programs for student athletes but these guidelines are useful in spring, fall, and winter as well! Thank you for being part of the Noble Pain and Sports Medicine family and I look forward to sharing with you again in July.

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Dr. Chad Stephens, D.O.

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