Practice or Rest?

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It’s 4:30 am and I’m awake so I can be ready for 5:30 am practice. Usually there’s a greater chance I’m still awake at this time than there is of me having woken up. Not a regular occurrence by any means but something we’re forced to do several times a year when the athletes are allowed ‘pass’ on holiday weekends such as this one. Pass basically just means they are allowed to leave campus….a privilege that doesn’t come too often for the underclassmen.

One of my event group captains will have likely been up til 2 am performing mandatory school duties.  If so, his practice is optional. In this scenario, if we don’t practice this morning, it would mean there would be no organized practice from Thursday until they return on Monday evening….when practice is at 7 pm. This brings up an interesting question: at what point does the importance of practice supersede the importance of rest?

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Mike Young

Mike Young

Founder of ELITETRACK at Athletic Lab
Mike has a BS in Exercise Physiology from Ohio University, an MSS in Coaching Science from Ohio University & a PhD in Biomechanics from LSU. Additionally, he has been recognized as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength & Conditioning Association, a Level 3 coach by USA Track & Field, a Level 2 coach by USA Weightlifting.
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