It is a given that the mind and body are intrinsically connected. As a general rule of thumb: If one feels crummy, the other follows.If one feels great, the other does too. When the body experiences a lot of physical and psychological stress (a sports season being one example), it wears quite significantly on the body and the mind. It’s not enough to take a day off. Instead, one needs a Reset Day- a day completing dedicated to getting ‘back on track’- physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. There is something significant about taking a full day, a dedicated effort, a sense that one will be different (i.e. rested) after the said day than they were before.
To my clients, I recommend taking a Reset Day which consists of the following in order:
- Physical: You can do something physical but not too taxing- shooting, stretching, walk through, even getting in the pool. And it shouldn’t last more than 45 minutes. Anything more than that is psychologically taxing.
- NO FILM! I know this is difficult for coaches but film is way too psychologically draining.
- Regeneration- When I was playing in Europe we did a regeneration day every week, which basically consisted of sitting in hot mineral (muddy) water with old men looking at us. Here in the USA, a training room hot or ice bath is recommended along with any other rehab individual athletes need.
- Down time- I would recommend some sort of relaxation time. For my clients they have rest and relaxation guided visualizations that they listen to with their eyes closed laying down in the locker room. For you it might be soft music or a meditation session. It’s okay if your players fall asleep. They need to let their bodies and mind really rest on this day.
- Reflective time- journaling or talking in small groups can be a helpful exercise (especially if your team hasn’t been playing great). This shouldn’t be too long-20 minutes max. This isn’t designed to be a retreat, just a time to unwind their minds.
- Hydration/Nutrition- Fill up their water bottles (once or twice) and have them force fluids throughout the day. Have them agree to a healthy dinner or arrange a special training table meal.
- Sleep!!!!-Have your players decide what a reasonable bed time is that night. It should be earlier than usual and decided upon by everyone. You can print out thisarticleI wrote about the importance of sleep and how much it affects athlete’s performance. If you’re players experience sleep issues, natural remedies such as melatonin can be very helpful.
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