next day fitness

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by Fred The Red, Jun 24, 2004.

  1. Fred The Red

    Fred The Red Rookie

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    Hey,

    Sometimes i've to play local competion late in the evening.
    When it happens that i have to play a long match...cramp etc.

    But the next day i have to play again and my legs are still hurting and very heavy.

    Are there sugestions to make this a little bit better so i can play
    fitter the next match?

    Thanks!
     
  2. david aames

    david aames Professional

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    - slow warm up before your match, stretching afterwards
    - ice bath
    - massage if you can afford it
    - 2 IBs before the match, 2 afterwards
    - drink fluids
     
  3. sanitarium

    sanitarium Rookie

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    Well the biggest problem is the timing of the matches which cannot be fixed, so i'd work on personal fitness/ what kind of shape you're in


    Once you build up endurance and muscle strength you should feel better, but for now:

    Bananas - Great for muscles (potassium)
    Lots of fluid - water, fruit juice
    Stretching / Deep heat on the legs after the game.
    Hot bath
    Massage

    Those are some ideas, hope this helps!
     
  4. baseliner

    baseliner Professional

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    Stretching. I've heard it said that stretching after a match is even more important than before. Won't go that far, but it is important to stretch after match. Watch a college match and see how often (in a tourney where they play 2 matches per day) the trainer comes on court and stretches a player right after a match.
    IB before and after a match. IB before match relaxes the body and prevents pulls and tears. IB after a match reduces inflammation.
    Ice starts repairing the micro tears. Heat may be relaxing, but don't think it is a good idea if you have another match next day. Does nothing to reduce inflammation and actually complicates matter.
     
  5. joebedford

    joebedford Rookie

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    Ice bath, ice bath, ice bath, ice bath, and ice bath. You won't believe the difference ten minutes makes, and it is not as bad as you think.

    I start with cold water in the tub and get in quickly (usually biting a towel, heh heh). Once you get past the initial jolt it's not that bad. Once I'm in, then I dump in couple of bags of ice.

    Once I tried it once and felt the difference it made the next day, I was hooked.
     
  6. joebedford

    joebedford Rookie

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    Almost forgot--do it as soon as possible after you play. Besides, it's easier to take when you're hot.
     

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