Why players work out away from team facility in offseason

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Why players work out away from team facility in offseason
April 11, 2014, 8:30 pm
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April 21 is the first day teams with returning head coaches are allowed to officially get together and work with some team staff members. (USATSI)

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Quarterback Colin Kaepernick and some of his teammates worked out in Atlanta last offseason. This year, Kaepernick, Quinton Patton and others made the temporary move to Miami to train at Bonmarito Performance Systems.

It has become common for NFL players to seek professional training away from the club in the period of time from the end of the season until the opening of the team’s offseason program.

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The 49ers’ offseason program begins April 21 – the first day teams with returning head coaches are allowed to officially get together and work with some team staff members.

Up until that point, players are allowed to use the team’s workout facility. But, under the collective bargaining agreement of 2011, players are not permitted to participate in any club-supervised workouts. A team’s strength and conditioning coach is not allowed to direct players’ individual workouts.

The exceptions are players who are rehabilitating injuries or coming back after offseason surgeries. Among the players who have been regularly seen at the 49ers’ facility this offseason are defensive linemen Ian Williams (ankle) and Lawrence Okoye (knee).

The first phase of the offseason program, which runs two weeks, consists solely of work with the team’s strength and conditioning staff. In the third week of the offseason program, coaches are allowed on the field for player instruction and drills.

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