Preparing for Basketball Season During Winter
Before you know it, winter’s snow will give way to spring. Then it will be basketball season again. But don’t wait until it’s time to hit the court. Preparing now is the key to having a great season on a league or to simply avoid injuries when playing with friends.
Here are some tips for preventing problems with basketball in winter.
– Start stretching now
You can’t possibly expect to have a good season of basketball if you neglect stretching in the winter. Dynamic stretches are the key since they are active and moving stretches. You’ll want to get those muscles loose and ready with a foam roller and massages. Getting your body loosened up will prevent many basketball injuries.
Practice drills will keep you on your toes and ready to perform. Running through a variety of them ensures you’ll be ready for anything on the court.
– Exercise regularly
Don’t just do those drills though. Get your physical activity strong and ready for the games. You should be doing aerobic workouts as well as HIIT, high intensity interval training, to have those muscles ready for action while minimizing potential injuries.
– Rest up too
There’s no way you can perform your best if you’re tired. Muscles need rest and recovery for optimal function. You also need rest yourself so aim to sleep 7 to 9 hours per night to give your body what it needs.
– Get hydrated
Even before season starts, make sure you’re drinking enough water regularly. Dehydration can impact your muscles and your performance. When this becomes a habit for you to drink enough water, you’ll be more likely to stay hydrated when in the game and do your best at this sport.
– Focus on your nutrition
Winter often has us enjoying those holidays with family and friends. As you spend time together feasting on meals, make sure you’re choosing the right nutrients to power you up. Eat more fresh vegetables and fruits. Load up on healthy grains and fats while getting protein through lean sources.
When basketball season comes around, you’ve got to be ready for it. Don’t let it sneak up on you. To help your muscles before and after practice and games, massages can help. And to ensure you’re staying in the best shape, a personal trainer can help with that. Injuries can be mended with physiotherapy or acupuncture too.
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