February 16, 2016

Michael Stroud, PhD, ATC, PTA, CSCS
Logan Media Services

Want to reduce boredom and decrease your risk of injury? Consider cross training and playing in multiple sports. Many published articles tout the benefits of doing so, such as:

  • Fewer injuries
  • Decreased likelihood of burn out
  • Exercise different muscle groups
  • Development of additional athletic skill sets

In fact, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine describes cross training as a “‘total body tune-up,’ something you won’t get if you concentrate on just one type of activity.” A common criticism of cross training is lack of specificity to performance improvement in your primary sport. However, consider this: cross training certainly benefits your overall physical health and beats remaining sedentary during the off-season. So, why not consider the best of both worlds? Supplement your off-season program with cross training activities, and stick with your training regimen for your primary sport.

Click here to learn more about the advantages of cross training.

- Dr. Michael Stroud is a certified athletic trainer, physical therapist assistant and certified strength and conditioning specialist with Sportsology. Dr. Stroud’s doctoral research focused on physical therapy clinical practices, specifically clinicians’ use of evidence-based practice.