The world’s most loved sport of football is exactly that because of the many different dimensions that go into what ultimately culminates in 90 minutes on the pitch. We’re talking here the likes of intense season-long training that takes into account considerations such as recovery time, strategy, contingency plans around injuries, performance analysis, etc. There’s also the issue of the opponents, who naturally also want to win the match.
On the level of the individual, albeit the individual who forms part of a team, some of the most crucial aspects of your participation are those which play out immediately before and after a game or even a training session. You generally want to try and train as hard as you play, because as it goes you usually perform in the same way that you play.
So as part of your pre-game and post-game routine, it’s characterised by warming up to get your muscles and body ready for the intense activity to follow, followed by the post-match cooling down period in which you endeavour to bring your muscles and body back into a state of commencing with recovery.
There are plenty of little nuances to have to deal with, such as the experiencing of so-called heavy legs, which pretty much just means you could never get up in that moment and play or train at any respectable level. Your legs are “heavy” because your leg muscles need time to recover in many ways, including normalising blood flow and circulation to flush out lactic acid and remove the excess fluid build-up that permeates the damaged muscles, which in turn alleviates the pain associated with being in that state.
Ideally, you wouldn’t be injured or anything of the sort and you wouldn’t have suffered something like a pulled muscle or strain, so the pain referred to is not excruciating pain that leaves you unable to complete your normal mobility functions. Rather, it’s simply what many footballers and other athletes describe to be “enjoyable” pain, because it’s the pain that comes with heavy physical activity. Ever heard of the saying “no pain no gain?”
When that pain and stiffness eventually subside is pretty much when you can say you’ve completed your recovery, but it might take a little while longer to be fully ready to get back to full training or for another match.
Professional footballers or those who compete at a relatively high competition level naturally need to recover quicker, as the games come thick and fast, complementing the intense training sessions. One of the ways through which to expedite recovery is through getting a sports massage, in which case a Hypervolt massage gun would do well to replace the need for a session with the physiotherapist, whose hands will undoubtedly be full if they’re available at all, as there needs to be the consideration that you have at the very least 10 other teammates who also need to have their muscles recover. Everybody can’t go to the physio table before and after every game, but everybody can benefit from the use of their own Hyprervolt.