Invest in recovery
This appears to be an under-addressed area of performance, even at top teams.
“Most people above us [in the organisation] focus on the work being performed, and I think oftentimes they’re not really focusing on the recovery side,” Tenney said.
Recovery is essential if you want to perform at your best, we all know this and have heard it thousands of times. For elite teams, this might mean throwing cash at ice baths, compression boots, or napping rooms.
“Recovery is probably the area where I see the most innovation happening by practitioners,” Tenney said.
Obviously sleeping (get your eight hours) and eating like a grown-up are essential parts of the recovery process. This is true for any athlete at any level. But when you’re on a budget and can’t afford a chef, what are the possibilities?
Well in my experience of amateur sport, most post-match meals are deep-fried rubbish, which makes it hard to believe that clubs are taking the health, recovery, or performance of their players seriously. A simple adjustment here would be to make a home-cooked meal packed with carbs, protein, and some veggies. Everyone can make spaghetti bolognese, which begs the question: why aren’t Sunday league teams giving their players a good recovery meal?
Another option could be the addition of a cool down after the game – most amateur teams skip this entirely, despite it being a great option to relax the players and maybe even improve performance aspects like mobility.
As most trends trickle down to amateur sport, it seems like the renewed focus on recovery at the highest level might find its way to your local club sooner rather than later.
“A lot of the innovation I see is how teams are using infrastructure to create recovery spaces,” Tenney said.
Just don’t expect the latest state-of-the-art facilities like Dave has at his disposal.