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Transitioning to the new season.

The season doesn’t end with the last game. Between the end of one season and the start of the next, there is a crucial period known as the transition. This interval, often underestimated, can be decisive in maximizing performance and achieving long-term goals. To highlight the importance of this critical period, we have prepared an article filled with scientific evidence.

The Importance of a Good Transition

A proper transition not only helps athletes recover physically but also allows them to prepare their bodies and minds for the challenges of the upcoming season. This period is vital for preventing injuries, maintaining motivation, and improving overall performance.

Benefits of a Well-Planned Transition

1. Physical and Mental Recovery:

- A study by Kellmann and Kallus (2001) in the Journal of Sports Sciences emphasizes that adequate recovery is fundamental to avoid burnout and chronic injuries. Active recovery, including low-impact activities like yoga and swimming, can benefit both body and mind.

2. Injury Prevention:

- Research by Hickey et al. (2014) in the British Journal of Sports Medicine highlights that a well-managed transition can significantly reduce the risk of injuries. Incorporating mobility and stability exercises can better prepare the body for the demands of the next season.

3. Maintenance and Improvement of Performance:

- According to a study by Mujika and Padilla (2001) in the Journal of Sports Sciences, maintaining a training base during the transition period can prevent the loss of physical condition. This involves following a less intense but consistent training plan.

Strategies for an Effective Transition

1. Establish an Active Recovery Plan

- Designing a recovery program that includes low-impact activities can facilitate comprehensive recovery. This can include golf, walking, swimming, or light cycling, as well as stretching and yoga sessions to enhance flexibility and relaxation.

2. Maintain a Training Base

- While it's crucial to reduce intensity, maintaining an exercise routine can help preserve physical condition. A study by Gibala et al. (2012) in the Journal of Applied Physiology highlights the effectiveness of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) for maintaining cardiovascular fitness.

3. Focus on Nutrition and Rest

- Proper nutrition and rest are fundamental. According to Stellingwerff et al. (2007) in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, a balanced diet and adequate rest can enhance recovery and performance.

4. Evaluation and Reflection

- Using this period to evaluate the past season and plan the next one is crucial. Research by McArdle et al. (2015) in the Journal of Sports Psychology suggests that reflecting on past performance can identify areas for improvement and set clear goals for the upcoming season.

5. Mental Training and Motivation

- Motivation and mental well-being are as important as physical preparation. Practicing mindfulness and visualization techniques, as indicated by Gardner and Moore (2004) in the Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, can keep the mind focused and motivated.


The transition period between seasons is an invaluable opportunity to recover, reflect, and prepare for future challenges. By following a well-structured plan that includes active recovery, maintaining a training base, proper nutrition, performance evaluation, and mental training, athletes can maximize their performance and achieve long-term goals. Ignoring this crucial stage could lead to decreased performance and a higher risk of injuries, while managing it properly can be the key to continued success.

An article by Vibliotec.


1. Kellmann, M., & Kallus, K. W. (2001). Recovery-Stress Questionnaire for Athletes: User Manual. Human Kinetics.

2. Hickey, J. T., et al. (2014). Sports injury prevention research still hampered by lack of quality control. British Journal of Sports Medicine.

3. Mujika, I., & Padilla, S. (2001). Muscular characteristics of detraining in humans. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

4. Gibala, M. J., et al. (2012). Physiological adaptations to low-volume, high-intensity interval training in health and disease. Journal of Applied Physiology.

5. Stellingwerff, T., et al. (2007). Nutritional strategies to optimize training and racing in middle-distance athletes. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.

6. McArdle, W. D., Katch, F. I., & Katch, V. L. (2015). Exercise Physiology: Nutrition, Energy, and Human Performance. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

7. Gardner, F. L., & Moore, Z. E. (2004). A Mindfulness-Acceptance-Commitment-Based Approach to Athletic Performance Enhancement: Theoretical Considerations. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology.