Off-season training transforms athletes

Winter training prepares students for their sports

Conor McDonough ‘16 regains his strength over the winter.

Bennett Hawley

Conor McDonough ‘16 regains his strength over the winter.

Students play sports for a variety of reasons. Some are simply looking to fulfill the graduation requirement, some to make friends and enjoy themselves, and some to prepare for collegiate play.  Many athletes who focus on one sport choose to train in the offseason or even play a year-round sport to prepare for their one sport’s season.Training in the offseason can increase one’s athleticism and physique going into their season.Many Blake athletes choose to play a single sport or even two.

Lauren Cameron ‘19 says, “[I train around] five days [a week, for] one and one-half to three hours.” A former basketball player, Cameron focuses on basketball. However, she constantly was injured this season, which affected her ability to play last fall.

Conor McDonough ‘16 says he trains two hours a day, five days a week. McDonough is an accomplished varsity lacrosse player. He also used to play hockey, but stopped to focus on lacrosse. In spite of an ACL tear last spring, and nearly a full year of rehab, McDonough is excited to get back out on the field this spring.

 Jackson Hubler ‘19  is a  lacrosse player  who  also snowboards, though less than he used to.

He says, “[I train] about three to four times a week for an hour or two.”

 For these athletes, among others, putting the extra time into off-season training serves as an excellent alternative to practicing their sports themselves.