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11 Mar 2004

What will help my recovery
Hi there,

I am currently playing a lot of field hockey, about 3 - 4 times per week. With it comes fitness after the practice as well. Basically it is Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and then occasionally Tuesday. I need to be doing fitness on Saturday as well. My problem is I don't feel I am recovering quickly enough. I eat well, having mid morning and mid afternoon meals but my body really seems to be taking stain. Is there anything else I could do or take that would help me?

Any help would be great.

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01 Jan 0001

Hi Ross

The most obvious solution would be to cut down on training - I know this is easier said than done, but that session that you do on the Saturday is probably not necessary, and I'm not sure that you need it. The body only really feels tired if you are overdoing it, and so that suggests to me that you don't need that session, because apparently the body has enough exercise during the week already. Hockey training obviously involves a very high intensity type of exercise, with many repeated short sprints. Now, it sounds to me as though you do fitness after practice, and I'm not sure whether this is a team thing, that the team does the hockey first and the fitness second, or whether you do the fitness after training on your own. Irrespective, I would swop the two around, at least twice a week. I don't think that a hard game of hockey, or a session of hockey drills, and then a fitness session is very good as far as overtraining is concerned. Because the hockey is so high intensity, you start that fitness session more tired than you realise and so what might normally be a moderate session becomes a very hard one. I could possibly understand the logic that the coach might want the skills training to be done when the players are fresh, but this is probably not doing a great deal of good for the players.

So, what I would do is to eliminate the Saturday fitness altogether, and possibly one of the weekday fitness sessions, while possibly moving those fitness sessions to before practice as opposed to after. However, this may not be in your hands, and that's fine, you can make the most of it anyway. As for diet, if you are eating well, and if you are sleeping well, then you are already doing as much as you can, and so the solution is to modify the training, unfortunately.

Good luck

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