When it comes to winning big games, an AFC championship, or a Superbowl, it isn’t always the best team that comes out on top -- but rather, the team that has managed to stay healthiest over time. As athletes that take a serious beating during most games and return a week later to play even harder, NFL players - as expected - have their recovery nailed down to a science. At TimTam, we want you to have all you need to recover like the Pros, which is why we’re showing you the best tips for a post-game get-right day. Using expertly-guided recovery practices and great recovery tools like the Timtam power massager and warming gel, you can get your body feeling right after a tough game or workout.
The Power Massager and Warming Gel Aid Sore and Aching Muscles
After four quarters of being tackled by players running at full speed in all conditions, it’s easy to imagine that NFL players spend a solid amount of time recovering with a massage. After all, even an average-sized defensive back - weighing in just under 200 pounds - can tackle with 1600 pounds of force. These aches and pains are typically handled using sports massage that releases tension and increases blood flow to the muscles, allowing them to heal in time for next Sunday’s game.
Even though NFL players have professional athletic training staff, players from across the NFL swear by the TimTam Power Massager for easy, powerful percussive massage. While reducing pain, the Power Massager cuts down lactic acid buildup and repairs microtears after a game. Take your get-right day massage to the next level by pairing your TimTam Power Massager with warming gel. The addition of heat to your massage is super soothing and helps increase blood flow for an effective treatment on sore, achy, and damaged muscles.
Retain a Full Range of Motion & Relax Muscles
An integral part of every NFL player’s get-right day is taking the time to properly stretch exhausted muscles. While stretching before a big game is an agreed-upon truth, many athletes minimize the necessity of taking the time to stretch after a game. If you’re looking to recover like the best athletes in football, be sure to make sure stretching is the cornerstone of your get-right day.
Stretching helps increase flexibility and range of motion in upcoming games by taking the time to relax muscles after a period of exertion. Completing 20-30 minutes of solid stretching is extremely effective for helping prevent future injury -- an all-important benefit for dedicated athletes everywhere. In other words, taking the time to stretch can help you perform stronger in the future and keep you from injuring yourself the next game, making it an invaluable aspect of your get-right day after a big game.
Hot Tubs & Cold Tubs
Balancing Hot and Cold Recovery for Post-Game Recovery
There’s an intricate science to choosing between hot and cold therapy after a workout. Cold therapy - like ice baths or icing targeted muscle areas - are great for immediately after a game to decrease swelling from muscle injuries. The cold helps oxygenate the muscles and remove waste products like lactic acids from muscles by tightening blood vessels. On top of these benefits for your muscular recovery, taking a dip in a cold bath after sweating and exerting yourself in a game can feel amazing.
Heat therapy, however, is better to be used 24-48 hours after a game, making it great for your get-right day. Heat - in the form of hot tubs or arming gel - helps increase blood flow, soothe aching muscles, and reduce stiffness in muscles. If you don’t have access to a hot tub on your get right day, a hot bath at home will do the trick. For extra muscle benefits, throw some Epsom salts into the tub -- you can thank us later.
Refuel & Rebuild After Gamedays
We all know that a big game or tough practice takes a toll on your body, and your performance is a direct reflection of how you’ve prepared and fueled your body for the task. Much like how we fuel our bodies before a big game, refueling afterward is equally important. Picking the right fuel for your post-game get-right day is a careful, scientifically-backed balance. Eating a meal 30-60 minutes after a game will aid in optimal recovery. What’s recommended for this timeframe due to a high level of complex carbs and protein? A burrito bowl. That’s right - Chipotle fans rejoice; a burrito bowl is one of the best foods to eat after a tough game. It’s best, however, to avoid the unhealthier aspects of these bowls: cheese, sour cream, and queso.
Your get-right day is not complete without using compression in your post-game regimen. Whether you have access to leg air compression machines like the pros or just stick to a trusted pair of compression tights, paying attention to compression can lead to incredible benefits for your upcoming games and practices. Compression increases blood flow velocity by constricting blood vessels which leads to decreased muscle fatigue and soreness, getting you back to tip-top performance as soon as possible.
If you’re looking for a great recovery tool for muscular compression and myofascial release, try out the TimTam floss bands. Designed to be wrapped around muscle areas to compress during a light workout, the Floss Bands compress fascia to retain a full range of motion and striking power following a tough workout. Skipping compression during get-right day leaves your body stiff and unable to perform the the best of its ability, making it imperative for both you and the pros to take time to focus on recovery.
Focusing on recovery is just as important as training before a big game. Take inspiration from the pros and plan yourself a get-right day with the help of the TimTam Power Massager, warming gel, and the entire line of modern recovery tools designed to take your game to the next level.