How do you explain to your athletes/players that rest is important in simpler English? Some of my guys go 7 days/week playing basketball and I need a compelling argument to tell them to take a day off once in a while.

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    Consider sports.stackexchange too. Nov 12 '20 at 8:37
  • It depends on the type of training - there's no reason why you can't do skills training 7 days a week. But fot strength/aerobic training consider this argument - it's not the training that makes you improve, it's your body's recovery and supercompensation that makes you improve
    – John M
    Nov 12 '20 at 13:32

Maybe not?

I'm not sure that high school athletes need to take a day off of playing basketball. Their recovery is probably amazing, and a game of ball isn't necessarily very taxing.

A day off is definitely necessary if they're getting sluggish or feeling beat up, or if they're actually training — meaning sprints, distance running, lifting weights, or drilling hard. But if they're only doing light drills and scrimmaging, I don't see a reason to mandate a day off unless they specifically need it. Young athletes are very durable.

Deontological policy

Then again, maybe they really should rest. I wouldn't try arguing the point. Just make a soft rule for them. Tell them that even the very best usually reserve Sunday as a day of rest. They can go for a walk and shoot hoops, but no organized games. If they break the rule, they experience the consequences, and will learn from it.

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