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Why is strength training important to my position as a guard?

Dr. Mike Clark, DPT
Fitness
As a guard (and generally as an athlete) you need the following athletic parameters to be successful:
1. Flexibility
2. Core strength (muscle that support your spine and hips)
3. Balance (the ability to control your movements)
4. Speed (the ability to move fast)
5. Agility (the ability to adjust your movements quickly)
6. Strength (strong muscles are critical for athletic performance)
7. Cardiovascular Efficiency (the ability for your heart and lungs to work efficiently and effectively for the demands of your sport)
8. Mindset (always compete)
Strength training is the foundation for better balance, agility, speed, and power.  Without strength training your abilities will be limited by your muscle's capacity to produce force.  In addition, strength training decreases your risk of injury by increasing your ability to absorb force from awkward landings and hard hits.

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