Sean Van Staden
Columnist
4 minute read
25 Jan 2020
8:31 am

A Better You: Refresh, energise and build

Sean Van Staden

Correct preparation means coaches can overcome off-season rustiness.

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp reacts at the end of the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England on January 19, 2020. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)

It has always been thought that when football pre-season training rolls around, we need to be doing as many hill sprints and suicides as possible to ensure players are fit enough for the season ahead. Through time this theory has largely fizzled out, but what made sports trainers finally abandon the once trusted old school methods? In the four weeks athletes and football players have off at the end of the year, they don’t necessarily pack on the pounds or enjoy their holiday in excess, returning to training overweight and unfit. This is great news for players that don’t enjoy...