Eat. Sleep. School. Lax. Repeat. Sound familiar? Maybe no school in the summer but otherwise your daily routine throughout the year? We were recently made aware of the fact that 70% of kids quit sports before they hit the age of 13. THIRTEEN. With the way specialization has started in youth sports, it’s no wonder many athletes burnout long before they should hit their potential. Today, our Five For Friday gives you five tips to avoid the dreaded burnout!
- Quality over Quantity- It may sound obvious, but make sure that all of those hours you are logging are quality hours. Is 2-hour practices, 6 days a week really necessary in the off-season? Probably note. Prioritize your practice sessions so you are getting the most bang for your buck. Divide into “have-to” and “want-to” so that you can actually rank what is most important to you!
- Make a list of all of the hours you participate in and set a hard limit that you won’t go over.
- Play Other Sports- It may sound counter-intuitive, but playing other sports will actually help you get better in lacrosse. By playing basketball or soccer you’re training your body to use different skill sets. Not to mention, you’re also giving it a rest from the repetitive motions that you use in a particular sport. By mixing up what sport you’re playing year round, you’re still gaining valuable skills while also resting.
- Make Time to do FUN Things- Not every activity has to be an organized sport. Go kayaking, hiking or play tag in the backyard. It’s important to give your mind and body a break from thinking and just go out there and play with no rules.
- Set Goals- It’s important that you realize just how much progress you’ve made each sport season. Make sure before it starts you set performance goals and outcome goals. This way, you can be satisfied with your progress and be ready to move on to the next sport season knowing you’ve become a better player!
- Periodize the Year- Plan in advance. Make sure you mark when each season is, post-season and definitely do not forget rest and vacations! Living life on the fly can be fun, but then you often miss critical rest periods. Remember, rest is just as important as the work, and will help you reduce the likelihood of injuries.
We hope you always keep in mind that sports are meant to be FUN! If you’re not having fun, you’re doing something wrong. It can be competitive and a blast, all in one.