Here’s a quick shoulder exercise routine that you can do when you take the courts. All you’ll need is a resistance band and something to loop it through, like the net or a chain link fence. I like to do 3 sets of 15 reps of each exercise with each arm.
So you just finished your second match of the day with more tournament action scheduled for tomorrow morning. What steps can you take towards recovery?
Arguably the most important action you can take is to sneak in all important cool-down stretch. This will help to ensure that your fatigued muscles do not remain stiff going into the next day of competition. Research has shown that static stretching performed after an activity can often be more important to athletic performance over time than when done before exercise. Yet it is important to get your stretching in very soon after the workout while the muscles are still warm. Below are five of my favorite stretches that you can do even before leaving the courts!
(NOTE: The stretches below should each last a total of 1-3 minutes)
I was initially skeptical about the Fila Cool Body Sport Towel (FCBST). On paper it seemed like a Wet Nap on steroids. To be completely frank, I just couldn’t imagine wiping my face, legs, arms, etc., with a big Wet Nap. Then one day a sample pack of FCBST appeared near my desk, arm’s distance. Even then, with it sitting right in front of me, I never considered using it. I was content to let it sit there forever, if that’s what it took. And though I don’t feel the need to defend my initial skepticism, I’ll just add that I grew up with, and felt extremely loyal to the old fashion towels, the ones that feel dingy and sweat-drenched after only a few wipes. Regardless, the FCBST is just not the kind of thing I would use or even consider using.