Our latest e-book, Practical Guide to Recovery, looks to understand the contributing factors that cause fatigue and in turn, help guide targeted recovery strategies.
Athletes train to withstand the physical rigours of competition, and as a result, they put a lot of time and energy into their training. With that comes the expectation to recover physically, but often athletes will neglect the psychological element of recovery.
Match days for athletes encompass more than just the competition itself. The night before, the morning of, and directly after a match all demand large amounts of mental capacity.
Do not take mental recovery for granted, there is a large body of scientific evidence supporting the need to undertake recovery specific to psychological load. Competition and training can be very emotionally taxing.
Take the time to ‘decompress’.
As a starting point, athletes should consider the following methods to aid in mental decompression following a prolonged period of heightened awareness and stress: Minimise time spent on mobile devices in particular on social media and spend time undertaking recovery methods that promote mental relaxation such as reading or meditation.
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