As it was my son’s birthday I’ve just had most of the weekend off the tennis court. After a four hour shift of training on Saturday morning I came home, collected my son and we went to the Emirates Stadium in Islington to watch our beloved Arsenal FC. What a treat for us both and whilst it wasn’t the best performance against Huddersfield we managed a 1-0 win. It made me think about the physical endeavours on the Arsenal team (three intense top level matches in 6 days) as showing up on the pitch and thinking about the importance of rest and recovery to help keep the performance levels we would want and hope to achieve.
Feeling refreshed after the change of scenery I can report on the essential inclusion of some rest to aid recovery as a tennis coach and for my tennis players. Including proper downtime off the court, whatever the player’s level is so important. The demands of learning, training, thinking, understanding and processing what is being passed on takes mental energy and this energy can only be found through good eating, rest and having fun off the court!!! Make sure you schedule some in.