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Training For The Long Term

Over the course of every athletes career injuries are unavoidable, but steps can be taken to minimize exposure to potential injuries. Most elite sporting programs have systems in place to isolate high risk traits of their athletes and incorporate preventative measures to manage those potential risks.

Control What You Can

Limit excess exposure to high impact activities, this can be hard in a lot of court based and contact sports. Over time the stresses of high impact activities lead to a higher potential of chronic injuries throughout a career.

Making active decisions to convert training activities to lower impact versions supplemented with progressive strength and conditioning could prevent potential future injuries.

Alternatives

Supplementary training like cardio, strength and conditioning is a good opportunity for athletes to incorporate low impact activities that help to minimize potentially chronic injuries.

Calisthenics, body weight exercises for strength and water based training for cardio are some typical examples.