We all know why we train for our sport. It’s no secret that in order to get better at any skill, some sort of practicing must take place in order to gain an adaptation that will translate to the field of play. Adaptations that come in the form of increased cardiovascular capacity or absolute strength are easily identifiable by athletes, and for this reason, are received with minimal groaning and complaints.
Consisting of a warm-up, workout, and cool down, most training sessions don’t have a problem incorporating the first two correctly. Why would there be a problem? Obviously, if you don’t train, you won’t reap an adaption, a very simple truth. Warming up, admittedly not as clear-cut an activity, is still something that is observed by even the most uninformed of coaches for its ability to prime to body for whatever training stimulus it’s about to receive. Cooling down, however, is not so easily received.
Dependent upon the training session and the amount of physical exertion that an athlete is put through, a lot can occur inside of the body. For the sake of relatability across the various sports, let’s look at high intensity interval training (HIIT) for example. During one of these extremely metabolically taxing workout sessions, in which bodily temperature and heartrate significantly increase, a considerable amount of waste product is built up inside of the muscles, and adrenaline and endorphins are released into the circulatory system (1). As a result of all of these occurrences, the circulatory system is forced to work double time in order to efficiently transport blood to and from the heart in order to […]
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