Iceland is clean and pure, perhaps the cleanest place on earth. The spring water is fresh, the air crisp, the land and food fantastically unsoiled.
The people are full of energy, working and training hard, athletes here are strong.
But, even so…there are times when you want to -need to- take it a little easy. This can be hard for athletes: they have goals, they’re motivated, they want to look good in front of their team mates and coaches.
Especially Icelandic sports men have a ridiculously good work ethic in my experience. But in some situations you have to check them, or it can backfire.
Take these examples:
Sure, you want to come back ASAP, and you should…but NOT before time! Making a post injury comeback too early can cost an athlete dearly: he might re-injure and then it’s likely to be worse!!
The general rule is to not compete until “110% Good as New and Better!”
That might sound like an exaggeration, but it’s not.
Think about it: injuries usually -though not always- happen because there was something off to begin with. An imbalance, or a weakness somewhere. So it only makes sense to fix the injury, then get the player in a better condition even than he was before.
Sickness (the flu, etc.)
If you start working out hard before fully recovered, you risk a relapse…again that’s mostly a worse situation than before, pneumonia or something horrible like that. So 2 weeks suddenly became 2 months. Don’t do it.
Always consider total workload. Weights training, sports training, competition, extra conditioning? What about physical labor for those semi pros? Always consider total workload. One teacher I learned from used to say: “Sometimes when adding something, you also have to take something else away.”
Say the team is visibly tired? We give them a 5 day active rest – trekking, hitting the hot pots or the blue lagoon, anything but the sport or related activities, so no weights, no conditioning, no matches, nothing like that. Just some fun in the fresh air.
Stretching, foam rolling, massage, sauna, the works. It all helps.
And some days, you just got to force yourself to “be lazy” even if that’s hard to do:
They say recovery from training is about as important as the training itself, and they have a point: the best program in the world won’t do you no good if you don’t get to recover from it.
Wishing you a relaxing weekend, and may you come back fresh and strong and recovered on Monday!
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