Donating Blood and on court performance

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by rich s, Jul 15, 2012.

  1. rich s

    rich s Hall of Fame

    Feb 18, 2004
    Hey all.....

    I was wondering if any of you have had issues with your court performance in the week following donating blood....

    I donated blood this past Wednesday... I played a league match on Fri night and then another one today (Sun)... in both cases I found myself out of breath very easily and a general lack of energy.

    This is the second time this year I have donated blood and the second time this has happened.

    I am 45 y/o, my resting bp is the 110-120/70's range and pluse is in the high 50's to low 60's and my doctor tells me I am in excellent health...

    so.. I was wondering if any of you have had issues with your court performance in the week following donating blood....

    how old are you? how long has it taken you to work thru it and what do you do to work thru it quicker (if anything)?

  2. Larrysümmers

    Larrysümmers Hall of Fame

    Jun 29, 2009
    1313 Mockingbird Lane.
    yeah even when you donate blood at high school you cant play sports for a couple of days. you need to give your body time to recover, youre missing liquid that transports oxygen throughout your body...think about it man.
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2012
  3. NLBwell

    NLBwell Legend

    Jun 18, 2004
    Back in college, my ex-wife used to donate blood and then go to nickel beer night. Didn't need too many nickels to get drunk.
    Not really on topic, just remined me of that.
  4. Say Chi Sin Lo

    Say Chi Sin Lo G.O.A.T.

    Aug 30, 2005
    That. Any time you're competing in sports, you're pushing your body to its upper limits.
  5. ollinger

    ollinger Legend

    Nov 24, 2004
    New Jersey
    Typically takes over a month for your body to replace the lost blood, though some but not all of the circulating volume is replaced almost immediately by blood "stored" in the spleen.
  6. r2473

    r2473 G.O.A.T.

    Aug 14, 2006
  7. tinyman

    tinyman Rookie

    Mar 8, 2011
    Absolutely. I donated blood around 11:00 and played a singles match at 6:00. By the third game in the first set, I had my hands on my knees both trying to catch my breath, and get my heart rate under control. It was pretty much downhill from there.

    It took about a week and a half for me to feel really 'normal' again - I was able to play about 4-5 days after comfortably, as long as I wasn't all-out.

    Sounds about right to me...

    I'm 26, and I've been told that I do indeed have a pulse. I know that normally I am low in blood pressure, I'm not sure how much.

    Yes, as far as working through it quicker - nothing I know of, just ride it out...
  8. SwankPeRFection

    SwankPeRFection Hall of Fame

    Apr 30, 2012
    Eat a bloody steak afterwards and you should be all good. ;)

    Drink fluids before donating blood, drink fluids after (just as if you're out playing). You need to rehydrate. Also, don't skip ANY meals and don't eat junk food because you won't get enough nutrients from it. If done right, it shouldn't be any worse than having to play in really bad (hot) conditions one day during a tournament. You'll need to prepare pretty much the same way or you will feel wiped out. A low iron issue could also be the cause for you to have to take several days off to recover, but general anemia should have shown up in the prescreening they usually do.
  9. garywsyu

    garywsyu New User

    Jul 9, 2012
    Toronto, Ontario
    don't even try to have sex with a "strong" woman after big game and blood donation, then you will see GOD sooner or later.......

    Sorry, sure it is very off topic..........
  10. OriginalHockeytowner

    OriginalHockeytowner Rookie

    Oct 5, 2011
    I always feel like Superman after I give blood. I've worked my hardest, whether on the tennis court or at work, whatever, after giving up a pint. I dunno, maybe I have too much blood! :)

    It could also be entirely mind over matter.

    Also, I am definitely NOT suggesting anyone give blood and then push themselves to the absolute limit.
  11. El Diablo

    El Diablo Guest

    Feb 19, 2004
    ^^ you may very well have too much blood! The condition is called polycythemia vera, and it can have serious consequences (one of them being death) if left untreated.
  12. PrinceMoron

    PrinceMoron Legend

    May 1, 2009
    Key is to drink lots of water before and after whole blood donation. I generally try to avoid giving blood on a tennis day, and use the non playing arm.

    Playing the same day carries risks of the puncture wound opening, which is messy and you could find you lose enough blood to feel dizzy. Cauterisation will just cause inconvenience for you and you are taking up medical valuable resources when you could just be home watching a DVD.

    It is not macho or anything to run around after donating so just go home and avoid ladders, heights, heavy lifting and alcohol.

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