How to Prepare for Your Sports Season

sportsAthletes and players know that at the start of every sports season, there is a lot of handwork to be done. It’s not like you can just jump back into it after a long break.

If you want to perform at your best, do the following tasks to get you ready for the new season.

Get back in shape

At the end of each season, most athletes feel that they’ve earned the right to slack off a bit after giving their all in the recently concluded season. But after a long break, players must get get back in tip-top shape and up to the task. Begin by creating a workout plan. Schedule different workout times throughout the week. Seek your coach or trainer’s advice when creating your plan. Keep a workout record so you can keep track of different types of routines and/or activities and mix them up.

Check your equipment

Check your sports equipment to see if they can still be used for this season or if you can practice with them. Brand new sports gear are expensive, so either you make do with your old things or get good quality, secondhand equipment. You can also ask family members and friends to help you out. Make sure your equipment is clean and safe to use.

Go to a sports camp

Sports camps can really get you into to the "zone" , so to speak. Camps are usually run by professionals or college coaches and players. Activities in camps include drill work and scrimmages, both of which further hone your skills and give you real-game feel. You can use the skills you learned in camp during actual game competitions.

Get health check up

Schools and sports organizations usually screen individuals before allowing them to join. But since there are a lot of people who need to be checked, have your parents schedule an appointment with your doctor way before the season starts. This way, you will know ahead of time if you are healthy enough to play, and get started with your preparations early on.

Set practical goals

Do not aim to be the MVP of the year if you were just a reserve player last season. Just set simple enough goals, such as improving on your lay-up or dunk. Even getting into the team is great goal. Write down your goals and discuss them with your coach or parents. Having people who support you is really motivating. Once you achieve your goals for this season, write new ones for the coming one.