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1) Get more quality sleep. Most athletes today don’t prioritize sleep, which can be the best method for the body to repair and recover. It is recommended that athletes get 8-10 hours a night. On top of adequate sleep every night, naps can help periodically throughout the day especially during pre-season camps. Naps should never be longer than an hour, aiming for 20-30 minutes is optimal
2) Improve your nutrition and hydration. Keeping your body supplied with plenty of nutrients will not only keep energy levels high but also help you recover and maintain hard earned lean muscle. Build each meal around 20-30 grams of lean protein and aim to get about .8-1.0 grams per pound of body weight. To aid in hydration and help eliminate cramping, adding a little extra sodium, preferably pink Himalayan sea salt, to a meal or two a day will help drastically. During pre-season make sure you drink plenty water, attempt to drink at least half your body weight in ounces throughout each day.
3) Continue strength training throughout the season. Keeping the body strong throughout the season will not only keep you at the top of your game, it will also help eliminate many injuries. Everything you did in the off-season to make you stronger, faster, and more explosive you should continue during the most important time of the year, your season. Don’t just go into the weight room without a plan though, especially if you took the whole off-season off. When training in-season, have a proper plan and program in place to help optimize performance while aiding in recovery.