Non-running, high-intensity energy-system conditioning cross training workouts for injured athletes
Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning
Australian Strength and Conditioning Association
School of Medical and Health Sciences
Success in intermittent field and court sports can be largely dependent of the energy system (aerobic and anaerobic) fitness of the athlete. In particular, aerobic running capabilities appear to be able to distinguish between higher and lower level athletes in sports such as soccer, futsal, Australian Rules football and both rugby codes, to name but a few. However, training and game related injuries, which prevent normal running training and skill training, are also a common occurrence in these sports. To this end, athletes often perform some other form of training, commonly described as “cross-training” in a bid to maintain their energy system conditioning during times of injury. The purpose of this article is to outline a number of cross-training training sessions that have been developed to maintain or improve the energy system conditioning of injured athletes who were prevented or curtailed in their usual running training.