When the game clock hits :00 your job as an athlete is not over. Post-game habits are just as important as pre-game habits. After a game is over the athlete should take care of any bumps, bruises, or injuries they have from the game. The main post-game goal is to take care of minor things so they don’t become injuries.
There are many ways that we can prevent injury after a game. First thing that should be done is roll out sore muscles. This is called myofascial release The athlete should take enough time to roll out their whole body. This will help muscles recover and be as close to 100% as possible for your next workout. Another post-game ritual should including stretching. Give the most attention to your tight or sore muscles, but make sure to not neglect muscles that you may not have used as much. Take your time to get a good long stretch that involves all muscle groups. Finally, ice bruises or achey muscles, doing so will help prevent swelling in areas that may be injured. These are very minor things that can go a long way in injury prevention.
Remember athletes, the job isn’t done when the game is over. Following these simple steps will help you stay in the game longer and prevent injuries from occurring. Oh yeah, don’t forget about nutrition.
Football CAMP Director/Performance Specialist
CAMP, Building Better Athletes LLC