Conditioning Strategies for Peak Performance 1/11

By Sports Medicine and Performance Center Staff
Posted: January 17, 2019 - 9:31 AM



No matter what sport or athletic activity you do, conditioning will make you better at it.

Every sport is a power event, whether you're hitting a ball or riding a bike up a hill. In addition to working on the specific skills of the sport, you also want to build up the power you need to get the job done faster, harder and better.

You increase your power in 2 key ways:

  • Doing resistance training, such as working with weights, to build basic muscle strength
  • Stretching, to increase flexibility and improve your range of motion

The benefits of stronger, more flexible muscles boost your endurance and help prevent injury.

It's also important to maintain a good cardiovascular conditioning through regular aerobic workouts. Cardio training helps you process oxygen and produce energy at a higher level. This helps you play your sport with less effort and for a longer period.

Creating power
Strength training and flexibility exercises work together to create a more effective driving action. This advantage is especially clear in baseball, golf, tennis and other sports that involve brief, explosive action. You'll see a measurable improvement in both force and range.

Head-to-toe conditioning
The best strategy is to condition all of your muscles, no matter what your sport. Otherwise, the muscles you ignore become weak and can be easily injured.

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