Pan-American Games gold medalist and TrueSport Ambassador Jimmy Moody shares the components of a solid post-game plan that will help any youth athlete recover quickly after a tough game or practice.
Hey, everyone. I’m Jimmy Moody. Today, I want to talk to you about the recovery process and the importance of having a plan. During intense competition, you’re pushing your body to its limits, which can leave you drained and totally depleted. The good news, though, is there are tons of things you can do to help your body recover. The first step is my personal favorite, eating good food. Your nutritious recovery meal should be consumed between 15 and 60 minutes following training or competition. In order to jumpstart that recovery, eat a meal with a carbohydrate to protein ratio of two to one. It’s also important to replenish fluids you lost. Drink two to three cups of water for each pound loss during exercise. And last, but definitely not least, remember to give your body a break. Take a day off after intense competition. You can also help relieve sore and tight muscles by using a foam roller and stretching really, really well.