This is a very common question, even among my pro athlete friends, and I believe it is very important. How much time you should take off after a season?

Now this is not an easy answer because everyones body is different and needs different recovery times, and not only that, but age, season length, and mental reasons are all things that play a part in determining how long you should take off after the season. Now when you are a young and up and coming player, meaning anywhere from 14-23 I think you should have the least amount of time off because this is a very very important time in your career, and this is an age when you don’t need that much much rest anyways. And maybe you think you do, but just understand that is this is the time when it really the dogfight and everyone os working hard to be seen by schools, university, and to become a pro, and even more important, this means that a lot of player will be making a lot of progress and if you are not, then you will be left behind.

Now once you arrive at the pro level you realize that is can even be more difficult, and you really have to be careful when you take time off, because there are people who are always working. For me personally I always take 2 weeks of after a normal 10 month season. For me this works best, and no matter what I always stay moving. At this moment I am 32, so maintenance and longevity is my main focus when training in the offseason, so I go about my breaks different than most people might. I can’t give my personal offseason workout, but I can give you a tip that I learned from someone that has really helped me a lot. ALWAYS STAY MOVING!! No matter what you decide to do in the offseason, make sure that you stay moving, swim, cycle, run, hike, travel, do something that keeps you moving and that will make your transition back to the court so much easier!

WARNING: One thing you all must also take into consideration when trying to decide to take time off, is understand that while you are resting and relaxing, there is someone else out there working. . . .

Hope this helps you out and I wish you all the best of luck!