The Importance of Recovery
Welcome to the first post from On The Rise’s tennis blog, “Tennis Player’s Guide to Greatness.” Since this is the first post on our blog, I will give a brief explanation of what we want to accomplish with our monthly articles. The goal of the “Tennis Player’s Guide to Greatness” is to provide player’s with resources and information that will help them further develop their game. There are many different ways that players can develop their game and our blog will research and discuss a variety of topics; nutrition, sleep, off-court training, mental toughness, on-court strategies and preparation etc. We want the monthly articles that we provide to be relevant to junior players and give them specific steps that they can follow to immediately improve their game. Our first series of the “Tennis Player’s Guide to Greatness” will be, The Importance of Recovery. Over the next few months, we will dive deeper into topics that affect recovery such as sleep, nutrition, hydration, the importance of warming up and cooling down and how to use heart rate variability to help you train more effectively.
Why is recovery important to you? Have you ever stayed up incredibly late one night and noticed that “off” feeling the next day? Have you eaten too many sweets over the holidays and had trouble with your stamina at your first practice following winter break? I am sure all of us have been the culprit of one or more of these poor decisions. The problem with making poor decisions off the tennis court is that it affects our recovery. Poor recovery then leads to poor on court performance and it makes us more vulnerable to sickness and injury. Many young athletes do not understand the consequences their every day actions have on their athletic performance. The goal of our first mini-series, The Importance of Recovery, is to educate young athletes on why recovery is important and what they can do to help take care of their body and prepare it for better practices. Stay tuned for our blog next month as we will be taking a deeper look into how important sleep is for better recovery and things you can do to promote a higher quality of sleep.