By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Managing Editor
Patrick Nolan, CSCS, FMS, XPS, is a sports performance coach at Authentic Performance Center in Denver, Colo. He started the High School Football Recovery Program, which meets once a week on Sunday mornings.
Nolan’s 4 Tips for Recovery
Individualize the training. A training session designed for recovery should be different for a lineman who played an entire game in the trenches than a cornerback who ran a lot of mileage, but didn’t make many tackles. “It starts with finding out how they feel that day. Is there soreness? Are they beat-up injury-wise?”
The Tenets of Reducing Soreness. A player who is experiencing a great deal of soreness should consider a deep-tissue massage with mobility and stability work. A cold tub can also be valuable to help flush out soreness and cater to every muscle in the body.
Introduce agility and speed work. Most high school programs include speed and agility work in the offseason – but very little in-season. The offseason training can carry over through the opening month of the season, but players might notice an atrophying effect later in the season. “In the playoffs, they’re not as conditioned as they were during the rest of the season. That’s when you want to be peaking,” Nolan said.
Cut down the reps. If a player is able to lift heavy, limit the reps so he is allowing his body to recover while maintaining strength.