next day fitness

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

  1. Fred The Red

    Fred The Red Rookie

    Feb 19, 2004

    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?

  2. david aames

    david aames Professional

    Feb 20, 2004
    - 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

    Mar 17, 2004
    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

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

    baseliner Professional

    Mar 1, 2004
    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

    Mar 27, 2004
    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

    Mar 27, 2004
    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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