weight training for sports, explosive power, endurance performance, plyometric , speed, competetive, neuromuscular, mechanics

Unless you are a strength athlete and your sport is something like powerlifting or Olympic weightlifting, you don’t need to weight train until you have first learned the basic skills for your particular sport.  All athletes usually learn their respective sports first when they are in their formative years before they ever venture into a weight room and squat with a barbell.  Coaches condition the sport into their athletes first before they strength train them.  Only after they are well grounded in their sport should they start weight training.  When the athlete gets older and starts putting on their adult body weight, this is the ideal time to start them on a strength program.  The obvious motivation behind strength training with weights for sports is in developing explosive power, significant muscle mass, neuromuscular conditioning, endurance performance, and competitive integrity.  Football and rugby players need strong posterior chains comprised of sinewy hamstrings, industrial strength cores and fortified backs to run that ball to the goal.  The not so obvious motivation or reason to get athletes strong is to protect them from injury.  In contact sports such as football or mixed martial arts, hard time spent in a power rack will translate to fewer injuries in the arena.  This is especially true as an athlete ages.

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