Many today in the world of fitness and athletics are often bringing up the topic of strength training, especially when it comes to athletes. Strength training is loosely defined as using bodyweight and free weight exercises in order to build up muscular strength and stability. Therefore, this is something that every athlete should be adding into their training routine and that their coaches/trainers need to be aware of. It is truly beneficial to people of all ages and abilities. Strength training has many benefits that will help individuals to prevent injury, build confidence, and live a more fulfilling life.
For athletes, preventing injury is massively important, as it pertains to the longevity of their careers, as well as can affect their opportunities in the future within their sport. Therefore, strength training must be included in their training, regardless of their sport. Preventing injury is a key component of strength training. Lifting weights and incorporating in exercises that allow certain muscle groups to develop, strengthens the body as a whole. For example, if you are developing the leg muscles of a female soccer player, it is vitally important that their trainer seeks to strengthen the muscles surrounding the knee in order to protect the ACL. Female athletes are much more prone to tearing this ligament so, therefore, it is absolutely essential that the musculature surrounding the knee is developed to protect it.
Strength training can also build confidence in athletes and non-athletes alike as they train day in and day out. If someone is regularly involved in strength training, they will see different muscle groups begin to develop and grow over time. This will build confidence in their abilities and also give confidence that the risk of injury can lower significantly, if they are performing correct form in their training. This confidence can then help them to enjoy their life and sport even more.
The ultimate goal of strength training is for athletes and non-athletes to live a much more fulfilling life in the long run. Strength training allows one’s quality of life to increase, as their strength and confidence continue to build. Consistency in an individual’s strength training will greatly help athletes in the long run, and they will see the results in their play and their lives as a whole.
Taylor Rowden is a Strength Coach at Compete Sports Performance and Rehab in Lake Forest, California. Taylor graduated from the Master’s University with a degree in Kiniesiology with an emphasis on sports injury and exercise science. She was also a member of the Women’s Soccer Team.