4 Effective Recovery Methods for Youth Soccer Players
Too often we as athletes think about our recovery and all we think about are the sports drink, protein intake and the gimmicky things we see on TV and magazines.
Well, here are four recovery methods that seem simple, but often are forgotten and can be game changers.
1. Compression Garments
Many recovery strategies for the elite athletes are based on medical equipment or therapies used in the players.
Compression clothing is one of the strategies that has been traditionally used to tread various circulatory conditions. Compression garments are thought to improve venous return through graduated compression to the limbs form nearest to your torso to the farthest away. The pressure that it gives keeps muscles in place and can reduce the swelling.
All in all, for minor soreness or injuries, this is a great option.
Massage is frequently used as a recovery strategy among all levels of an athlete.
Promoting the blood flow on the sore muscles is the main mechanism proposed to improve the recovery. What this does is clear metabolic waste, or lactic acid which is the cause for the “ouch” feeling in the players soreness.
Massage will have benefits for injury prevention and management and should definitely be incorporated in an athletes training program. It’s also great in helping the psychological aspects of the player.
Sometimes the most simple of acts can be the most significant and game changing.
Not only is walking one of the most fundamental movement patterns, it can also spark recovery and be a protective mechanism to help prevent injuries to the spine, hips and body as a whole.
Getting the muscles warmed up, moving and blood moving also will help the lactic acid to release and allow the muscles to re-build.
Sleep is such a powerful fatigue fighter that it’s likely more effective than all of the other items on this list combined.
In fact, if insufficient sleep is a chronic occurrence, it comes close to making even the best efforts on all other fatigue fighting lines null and void. Curiously, a likely major function of sleep in humans is precisely to reduce fatigue.
Yeah, you might be OK without that massage post-workout, but sleep is not optional.