Tips for Athletes Headed to College
Jul 05, 2015 09:38AM ● Published by Jennifer Neys
BY LOGAN FRANDSEN, A Current College Athlete
There is no hiding the fact that strength and conditioning play a huge factor in overall athletic development. Any sport an athlete pursues in hopes of earning a college opportunity will have a strength and conditioning program. You either learn to like it or you learn to deal with it; there are no other options once you get to college. Every coach wants their players to get bigger, faster, and stronger to increase the chances of winning games. It’s all about winning in college. Most athletes will read this and say, “I already know the coaches only care about winning. I have heard that a million times.” Speaking from experience as a Division-1 and Division-2 athlete, I can tell you that you think you know it all until you actually get there. Don’t be that athlete who walks in thinking you know what to expect. If you are not physically and mentally prepared, you will not last long in the program. Preparation starts with getting your body in the best possible condition. You need a proper understanding of how to take care of yourself before you step foot on a college campus. Once you enter a college athletic program, it is all business. You become an employee and you do what your coaches say. There is no hand holding.
Most programs start with morning weights around 5:30am, then classes, then afternoon practice for 3-5 hours, then study hall for a few more hours. Before you know it, it’s 11pm and you have to do it all over again the next day. This is standard practice for all. Unless you enjoy sitting on the bench, you have to find a way to separate yourself from the rest. If you are serious about your sport, you have to have the desire to get that edge. And speaking from experience, that edge starts in the weight room. I have seen many guys show up on campus never having set foot in a weight room. These guys immediately struggle with basic movements and delay their chances of furthering their development. Being successful in college athletics is all about eliminating as many stressors as possible so you can feel confident and relaxed once game time rolls around. Honestly, the only thing you want to worry about is your actual sport and your studies, not being physically underdeveloped and clueless about how to take care of yourself. You will break down. The athletes that separate themselves are the ones that are prepared and knowledgeable. My advice to athletes with the goal of playing at the next level and having the best possible chance to succeed is giving yourself a solid physical foundation and a solid grasp of how to take care of your body before you even step foot on a college campus. It’s all about getting that edge!
Logan Frandsen is currently interning at Forma Gym in the athletic development program. He has been playing college baseball for the last three years and is familiar with the recruiting process and making the step into college sports. As a high school sophomore, he committed to one of the top baseball programs in the country (name withheld because it violates NCAA Rules). He was there for 2 years and is currently at a Division-2 school finishing his degree and baseball career. Logan has experienced the extreme ups and downs of college sports and has knowledge of what to do and not to do. His goal is to educate high school athletes who are thinking of going to the next level and need to know how to prepare to succeed once they get there.