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COACHING TIPS

Lauren’s advice to other taekwondo athletes:

  • Keep it simple yet strive for perfection in every move, at every training session.

  • Watch lots of videos of international players and players who inspire you.

  • Do what excites you in life.

  • See it…Feel it …Be it!

Lauren Burns the Fighter

RECOVERY

 Work Hard + Recover well = Best performance

Fatigue Fighters Checklist:

After each session 

Drink and eat
Walk/move (at least ten minutes)
Stretch
Hot and cold shower

Evening / end of the day

Hot / cold – shower / spa / sauna
Stretch and self massage (especially legs)
Practice relaxation 10-15 minutes before going to bed
(Music, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, visualisation, breathing exercises)

  Note:

  1. Monitor how you feel each day
    Get up at the same time each day
    Record how you feel – Great – OK – Tired/Stuffed

  2. You need at least four hours between training sessions

HYDROTHERAPIES

Water therapies are much undervalued in Australia. Showers, spa, baths, float tanks and saunas (dry baths), provide ideal environments in which to stretch and perform self massage. Contrasting hot and cold showers, or using a warm spa with a cold plunge pool provides an increase in peripheral circulation and neural stimulation. Pressure jets and shower nozzles enhance muscle relaxation by stimulating light contractions in muscles.

Collectively this promotes both physiological and neurological recovery. Athletes need to be reminded to rehydrate before, during and after treatments as sweating tends to go unnoticed in wet environments. It is also important that treatment times are monitored carefully (see guidelines for Baths/Showers/Spa). There is a tendency for athletes to linger in the warm environment and offset the benefits of the treatment through dehydration and neural fatigue. Athletes should feel relaxed but stimulated afterwards, not sleepy and lethargic.

Guidelines for Baths / Showers / Spa*
How to Use

Rehydrate before, during and after session Clean skin with soap and shower off beforehand
Alternate: Hot (35-38C) Cold (10-16C) Shower 1-2 minutes [10-30 seconds] repeat x3

OR

Spa/Bath 3-4 minutes [30-60 seconds] repeat x3 Shower and rehydrate to finish

When to use

Showers can be used anytime. Before, during session. Spas and baths are best left till the end of the day

*Note: do not use if the athlete has a virus or cold or recent soft tissue injury.

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