Play hard, recover harder, and you’ll be able to enjoy more rugby each and every season.
Here are TEN tried-and-tested recovery protocols designed to help you get back in the game sooner rather than later. We don’t expect you to use them all at the same time, but it’s certainly worth trying them all over the coming weeks and months to see which one is your “magic bullet” to faster recovery.
How does it help you?
- learn why each recovery protocol works
- see the science behind recovery
- 10 recovery programs to follow
There is no denying it; rugby is a tough game. Not only does it demand a high level of strength, conditioning, and skill, it’s also one of the most physically intense games on the planet. Football players wear helmets and pads; hockey players have what amounts to knight-like armor but rugby players? They’re almost naked!
If you play rugby at any level, you need to recover as quickly and completely as you can after a game. Recovery programs can help you a) overcome the pain and discomfort of any knocks you have sffered, b) get right back into training, and c) be ready for next week’s game when you get to do it all over again.
In the bad old days of rugby, recovery was limited to a quick shower or bath, a couple of beers in the bar, and whatever food was served up at the post-game dinner. Recovery was very much a passive process that naturally happened over time in spite and not because of the actions of the players.
Modern rugby is, however, more demanding. Players are bigger and stronger than ever before, and even amateur teams demand high, professional standards that, if you cannot meet, could mean losing your place for good. If you are serious about rugby, you need to be serious about recovery too.
As it turns out, you can speed up recovery by taking a more active approach. In those bad old days, rugby players were smaller, the game was slower and less intense, and most guys played “for the craic.” This attitude meant that recovery was less of a consideration than it is today.