In football and any other sport, there is a person, a figure that makes sure the players start the season, a tournament or a league, in optimal physical condition, and he (or she) is in charge of players maintaining their levels during the course of said competition.
That person is the Physical Trainer, and here at FMBase, we’re going to talk a little about them, so you know what would be expected from you, if you ever wanted to be a professional football trainer, because, no elite player has reached a top performance level without going through a thorough, well planned, physical training.
It’s Not About Talent Alone
In our current world, football is the king of sports. No other sport has more fans, maybe even combined among them. Names like Messi, Cristiano, Neymar and Agüero are cheered and adored by millions worldwide. To be as good as they are, you need a truckload of innate talent just to even aspire to master all the most common techniques like they did. Not only that, but you also need the dexterity of a cat and the eyes of a bird of prey. Now, an important part that has to be “a must” is having the physical preparation needed to be up to the task of being called “one of the best players of the world”, and this, this is something not everyone is willing to do.
But this physical preparation isn’t as easy as it sounds, it’s way more than just “go and run for 20 minutes, do a couple of sprints, some push-ups and call it a day”. Trainers on this levels plan their training programs in advance, sometimes even customized for each player, though these coaches’ contracts are not tied to their skills, but to the manager’s. If the team isn’t doing a good job on the field, and the manager has to leave, so does the trainer.
Planning is Key
Most of the trainers working in the “big leagues” tend to have a trimestrial training plan prepared, in case of emergencies. So if the manager leaves the team, by resignation or for being fired, the lost time isn’t as hurtful as it would if no planning was made. Next trainer will find a team in a shape that allows the team to work, and he or she will be able to start a new training program from scratch or follow the one the previous trainer left.
This series of friendly games during those couple of months where players are examined, measured and studied by the trainer(s) to be able to pinpoint the best training programs to make the players evolve and become better at their strengths and weaknesses so the team in overall achieves more victories. Preseason training sessions tend to be much harder than those during the season, this is because players have the chance to rest better and recover better from an extenuating training session. On preseason, there are fewer matches to be played, and there’s no pressure on winning above everything else.
After the season ends, trainers have to plan the “post-training program” and have to have a lot of care with the physical condition of the players that will go on vacations. A “once-in-a-while” call, a short visit, and so on, is needed to have a proper follow up on their condition. If a trainer leaves a player unguarded, they might suffer grave injuries that will affect the team’s performance.
Being a pro football trainer is not an easy job, but is worth the effort when you can look back and see the results, being able to have your team hold the cup on their shoulder and knowing that you may have not kicked the ball into the goal area, but the striker was able to so, thanks to your endless hours of training them.