“George, I know you have long been a devotee of stretching, regardless of whether or not you have a game that day. You might consider a column on what is the best regiment for after playing: Ice, hot tub, more stretching, beer?” Rick Crootof.
Rick, Great Question …
There are many things to consider doing after a tough tennis match. Here are some of the options to think about…
- Hydration – If you have just played a tough match in hot, humid weather, you
should surely continue adding fluid AND electrolytes to your system. Too many times on the drive home, my
legs and feet have started cramping up.
- Icing – If you have an injury – or are recovering from one – most medical
savvy people will recommend putting ice on the area as soon as you get off
- Stretching – Our professional trainer from Newk’s camp, recommends stretching both
before and after playing. While I agree
with the concept, I confess to only stretching every day before playing
- Massage/WhirlPool – One of the things I try to do after every match is jump in the whirlpool
attached to my Florida pool. This is
not for heat (normally set to a body-comfortable 90 degrees); but for the
massage affect. Fortunately, the
main jet coming in is powerful and high enough that I can focus it on my neck,
shoulders, elbows and lower back for an effective after-match massage.
- Foods – According to HealthLine.com, “consuming the right nutrients after you exercise is just as important as what you eat before. Eating protein after a workout gives your body the amino acids it needs to repair and rebuild these proteins. It also gives you the building blocks required to build new muscle tissue. And your body’s glycogen stores are used as fuel during exercise, and consuming carbs after your workout helps replenish them.” (I say) Rewarding yourself with a beer is also a good thing!
What do YOU do after a grueling tennis workout?
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