What is the goal of preseason cardio training for football?

The goal of pre-season cardiovascular training for football is to build a good aerobic base. For some football players, it might also mean weight management.  To start the process for both building a base and weight loss, you need to build up your work capacity. This is done by doing low-intensity work on cardio equipment to reduce the pounding on the joints. Pre-season training is meant to prepare you for the season, so there is a fine line between preparing for the season and setting yourself up for burnout in the middle of the season. Building the work capacity slowly is a safe way to ensure you are peaking at the right time during the season.  Once  you can handle at least 30 minutes of low-intensity training, then you can increase your aerobic base by pushing your anaerobic threshold higher. Football is made up of a series of anaerobic plays, so strengthening the anaerobic system is every important. By the end of the pre-season, you should be doing quite a bit of anaerobic training in the same work to rest ration that your position in football demands.

Continue Learning about Football

What types of football helmets lower the risk of head injuries?
Dr. Robin Miller, MDDr. Robin Miller, MD
Not all football helmets are created equal; some ensure a lower risk of concussion. Watch Robin Mill...
More Answers
What's better for football - the traditional squat or lunges?
National Academy of Sports MedicineNational Academy of Sports Medicine
First determine the goal of the exercise, that can help you decide. There are merits for both lifts ...
More Answers
What is the purpose of different face masks on football helmets?
National Athletic Trainers' AssociationNational Athletic Trainers' Association
Each position has a different type of face mask to balance protection and visibility. Overall, m...
More Answers
What is the proper way to tackle?
National Athletic Trainers' AssociationNational Athletic Trainers' Association
Proper tackling techniques include making sure that the person tackling sees what he is tackling. Al...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.