COOL DOWN STRATEGIES

Overlooked Every Time

I don't think I have ever seen any Pickleball player perform a cool-down routine after playing recreationally or in tournament play. However, skipping this step can make a huge difference in how your body recovers and recuperates to enable you to play more. This can be particularly important during tournament play, when players play multiple matches in a row, multiple days in a row.

Incorporating a cool down routine as part of your play will help your muscles, joints, and tissues start the healing process, and will encourage circulation and blood flow for hours following exertion. Following a cool down routine with a static stretching session will help you stay limber and provide your tissues with proper blood flow to get you back on the courts performing at your best.

Do not skip this step. It will pay off in the long run. 

Below is a cool down routine I like to perform along with a series of static stretches aimed at improving flexibility and stretching out muscles used during play.

 

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