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Pay attention to the transition period.

Pay Attention to the Transition Period.

We often discuss and share insights about the importance of training and competing during the preseason and the season, but rarely do we pay attention to what we call the 'transition period.'

Specifically, we refer to the period that spans from the end of one season to the beginning of the next.

In this article, we want to emphasize that it is vital for athletes, as during this time, they have the opportunity to rest, recover physically and mentally, and adequately prepare for the next training and competition cycle.

Here are some key reasons why the transition period is crucial:

For all types of athletes or practitioners:

  1. Physical Recovery: After an intense season of training and competitions, athletes often experience accumulated fatigue, minor injuries, or physical wear and tear. The transition period allows your body to recover and heal, reducing the risk of chronic injuries or overtraining. Proper rest during this period promotes muscle repair, restores energy levels, and improves physical endurance.
  2. Mental Recovery: During an intense season, mental and emotional exhaustion occurs due to competitive pressure, constant dedication, and the psychological demands of sports. The transition period gives you the opportunity to relax, release tension, and revitalize your motivation and passion for the sport. This contributes to a more balanced mental state and prepares you to face the challenges of the next season.
  3. Diversification and Active Rest: During the transition period, it is recommended to explore and participate in activities different from your sport. This encourages the diversification of skills, stimulates creativity, and provides active rest that maintains overall fitness without the specific stress of competition. It is also a good way to start renewing your motivation for the next season.

For performance or high-performance athletes:

  • Planning and Periodization: The transition period is also crucial for planning and periodizing future training. Collaborate with your coaches to design training strategies tailored to your goals. Establishing an appropriate structure for training and competition helps optimize performance and minimize the risk of burnout throughout the season.
  • Evaluation and Analysis: During the transition period, it is a great time for analysis, as you don't have the competitive pressure. This allows for a critical thinking approach to identify strengths and weaknesses, determining areas to work on for improvement. This critical evaluation provides valuable information to adjust the training plan and set realistic and achievable goals for the next season.

If you are an athlete, we hope this article serves as a guide to give the transition period the importance it deserves. If you are not an athlete but train athletes, we hope it helps you appreciate the work recommended during this transitional time.