The Benefits of Strength and Conditioning for Athletes


Liz Burt works on strengthening exercises in the weight room.

Khamia Lacey, Reporter

Strength and Conditioning is important for athletes that play any sport. They are important because they help with preventing injuries, keeping athletes healthy and fit. Strength and conditioning helps young athletes become coordinated, stable, and strong as they advance in their sports career.

In the past, people was concerned about strength and condition being harmful to youth, but studies show that it makes a developing athlete more resistant to injuries. As more sport teams, parents and coaches are pushing children to be specialized in a sport earlier in their careers, it is important to make sure health and fun are major components of the process.

“Conditioning is needed in all athletics because it prevents injuries, enhances performance, gives you the edge in competing, and it makes for an overall healthy life.” Coach Yelding said.

Conditioning also helps your body in the long run. We know those individuals who enjoy movement and physical activity are those who are the most likely to continue a healthy exercise lifestyle. It is easier to enjoy exercise when there is no physical pain through the process. Conditioning can help improve your speed, endurance and muscle strength. As a result of conditioning your spine, joints, organs and your whole body will be in alignment the way it is meant to be.

“In order to accomplish your peak mental and physical levels, you need to push yourself to the max everyday.” Coach Boyd said.

Developing your muscle mass will indeed increase your metabolism through strength and conditioning exercises. It’s proven that you will bounce back from an injury quicker with stronger muscles. Muscle control and balance plays a major role in the result of the exercises you preform. When you build muscle, you burn more calories, which steers you away from obesity.

Doing weekly exercises can help with health issues, just ask your doctor. Strength and conditioning can help you look better, feel better, and live a longer, healthier life.