Your post match routine

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  1. Lawn Tennis

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    What post match routine do you have? I'm looking to go the extra mile to enhance recovery both physical and mental.
     
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  2. nickarnold2000

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    I stretch for 5 mins and then within 15-20 mins will eat a healthy snack - they claim that eating something soon afterwards speeds up recovery time.
     
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  3. tennis tom

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    I go straight to the bar and get drunk; it helps me to forget.
     
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  4. nickarnold2000

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    I try to wait at least 30 mins before I start drinking.
     
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  5. Lawn Tennis

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    From a psychological point of view, what regimine to you follow? I recall and record what I did right and what needs improvement. After a big win or tough loss, what are you thinking?
     
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  6. Big_Dangerous

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    It really depends on whether I win or lose.

    :p
     
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    Silently curse for 10 minutes. Shower.
     
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  8. HFS

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    1. Go home
    2. Turn on shower
    3. Go back to fridge and get beer
    4. Take beer into shower
    5. Sit in shower and drink beer
    6. Smile and/or sulk
    7. Repeat
     
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  9. prgault

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    Drag myself to the car and drive 45 minutes back to the podunk little town I live in that doesn't have any tennis...the walk from the car to the front door is an adventure....
     
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  10. pyrokid

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    Ask around to see if anyone wants to hit some more.
     
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  11. 10smonkey

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    12 ounce curls
     
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  12. tennis tom

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    I wish I had your willpower.
     
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  13. samarai

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    We played a pair in our league a couple of weeks ago who had a beer before warning up and in between breaks. When the match was over they opened up their ice chest and had what amounted to a 24 pack. They weren't very good but truly seemed to enjoy themselves.
     
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  14. nickarnold2000

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    At Brad Gilbert's urging(I have his book) I also will write down and reflect on what I did well and what needs improving. I probably reflect more on a loss than a win but I've found it pays to "pay attention" to the particulars of my game .
    If I've had a tough loss, I try to get positive about it(it's gotten easier as I've become older), understand why I lost and then do better next time.
     
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  15. NJ1

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    Ha, good for them. That said, a couple after is fun but the thought of brews during tennis makes me wretch. That's more of a golf thing for me since my swing is meets little success.
     
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    After a win: Reflect on what I feel I did best in the match and try to build on keeping a continuity to it (i.e. First serve percentage, returns in play, etc.)...drive home, shower, 5-10 min of stretching, have a beer.

    After a loss: Reflect on whether I gave 100% and what I truly f'd up during the match....Get in my car, swear at the top of my lungs, tell myself to bring a spare racket for breaking next time, drive home at a much quicker pace, shower, a few beers or a scotch, stretch.
     
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  17. sphinx780

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    This could quickly become my new routine. If I want consistency in my tennis game, I should have a consistent post match ritual not dependent on results :)
     
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  18. sportsfan1

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    lol, I thought there would be a lot of references here to icing, medicines, therapeutic stuff, cardio equipment etc. Maybe even ice baths! None at all!
     
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  19. Larrysümmers

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    well, i stretch a little, light one up, and reflect. i try to think of patterns that worked, and those that didnt.
     
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  20. vcat

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    No, 4 out of 5 not bad:

    icing - check: the beer is cold
    medicines - check: the beer
    therapeutic stuff: check: once again beer
    cardio equipment: huh?
    ice baths: check, an ice bath can cool a warm beer very quickly

    If I win, shake hands, racquet tucked under arm, to the cooler for the beer.
    If I lose, climb the fence, throw the racquet in a bush, to the cooler for the beer.

    (I break less racquets when throwing them into foliage)
     
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  21. goran_ace

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    - put on a sweatshirt or jacket, maybe a fresh tshirt
    - put on sandals
    - drink something with sugar/carbs and electrolytes (e.g. gatorade, vitamin water) while I put an ice pack whatever is sore
    - eat within an hour of getting off the court
     
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  22. sportsfan1

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    lol... cardio equipment: Meant treadmills, stairclimbers etc - Maybe as a "warm down", or additional workout..
     
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  23. jaybear1909

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    My girlfriend and I played a team that came to the courts smelling of whiskey..Later found out they were either drunk or needed a divorce. Probably both. Bad experience.

    Most dramatic 3 and a half hour match I've ever played. And it was only 3 and a half hours because they took 5 minute breaks in between games, and a 20 friggin minute break in between sets. Went to 3 sets cause they got in our head. I know what they did wasn't allowed, but what can you do? Simply rec. Luckily we won that day.

    Next season we played them and beat them 6-1 6-1. Haha. They didn't even shake our hands..

    Fun times in Tennis.
     
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  24. heftylefty

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    I think I will adopt this routine too.
    What type of beer?

    In all seriousness; I try to eat some light protein and carbs within an hour getting off the court. Also, I take a shower with the water as cold as I can stand to reduce swelling.
     
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  25. The Bawss

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    It's always beer o' clock after a match. Always.
     
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    What time is beer o'clock?
     
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    It's the time after the match. Usually accompanied by a beer.
     
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    Evidently after a match.

    My "routine" which, except for steps 1 and 2, I follow loosely:

    1. Dry shirt or hoodie (something not drenched in sweat)
    2. Take of shoes and replace with flip-flops. Unless it's summer. Then I go barefooted.
    3. Stretch my back and legs.
    4. Find some sweet tea.

    I realize this isn't helping OP's game-improvement.
     
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  29. USERNAME

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    Win (tough match)- Change and stretch right after, within 30 minutes Ill down a protein shake and drink a full 24oz of water, then maybe eat a granola bar or have a banana shortly after that.
    Win (easy match)- Change and stretch, have half a servings worth of a protein shake and drink 24oz of water, all within 45 minutes.
    Loss- Sit down, put towel over head, sulk.
     
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  30. Ronaldo

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    Hope our club dumps the water cooler, pops for a keg. May just play the 3rd set tie-break and spectate.
     
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  31. Fuji

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    I do a pretty set routine after a match!

    -5 minutes of cool down hitting either with partner or against the wall.

    -5 minutes of stretching to make sure nothing is unusually sore or damaged.

    -Go to nearest convience store, buy 1L of Chocolate milk and consume. I've gotten into the habit of drinking Chocolate milk after any major physical activity! I heard it helps recovery, and I like the taste LOL!

    -Go and shower within 45 minutes of end of match, (depending on how far the drive home is.)

    I do this every single match and it works well for me! :)

    -Fuji
     
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  32. Ronaldo

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    Post match routine. Find another match till dark or everyone leaves.
     
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  33. jaybear1909

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    I heard cooling down with your off-hand is good
     
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  34. nickarnold2000

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    Choc milk has too many calories for us older players, IMO(I know you're a junior) but for those of you who have a beer in the shower - listening to tunes ups the experience x10! :)
     
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    If you're an ordinary player and you need to put too much thought into your recovery, then you're probably too ambitious for your age/fitness level. Tennis is not an overly physically taxing sport at the amateur level.

    I alternate schooners of water and beer at the bar. Nothing better than a coldie immediately after exercise, even if it's not strictly fantastic for rehydrating.
     
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  36. tennis tom

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    The most important thing to do after a match is to sit down and contemplate on the match. Assess what just occurred, the pros and cons of what just occurred before it gets obliterated by the suds. What parts of your technical game that you need to work on and practice that your opponent may have broken down. What tactics and strategies worked or didn't against this opponent, his technical strengths and weaknesses. Take notes if you're a tournament player for the next time you play this opponent, a year from now you will have forgotten and only a few points in a close match separate a win from a loss. That head start in preparing for the next match against the same opponent may make the slim difference in winning or losing next time.

    Post match for the physical, I'll ice injuries, and jump in a pool and do a few laps of freestyle and backstroke to stretch out and refresh if I have another match that day and a hot-tub. If a pool's not available, take a shower between matches to refresh.
     
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  37. fleabitten

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    THIS! An ice-cold beer in a hot shower. Nothing beats it.
     
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  38. Lawn Tennis

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    Thank you and thanks to the few serious answers. :) To the unserious answers thanks for at least participating.
     
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    I generally head home and drink an 'Up & Go' and my girlfriend gives me a massage if she's not working. Usually wake up the next day feeling pretty good.

    As for mentally... I note things that need improving for the next match, but try to also think of the things that I did well rather than beat myself up if things didn't go to plan. I'll start looking ahead to the next game pretty quickly, rather than dwell on the last.
     
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  40. polski

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    That's what she said
     
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  41. rafabull

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    Go home. Empty my bag of towels, shirts ect. Eat a power bar with some chocolate milk (only if it was a real grinder and I'm sore) If I won I prepare for tomorrows match, (re grip, re stencil and re pack the bag) If I lost I chill on the couch watching South Park
     
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  42. chatt_town

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    I generally make sure I get my son(14 yrs old) to walk on my hamstrings and back and then stretch my legs. That has cut down on all the serious back pain I was having.
     
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