Vertical Jump Training: Why A Good Rest and Recovery Strategy Is Crucial For Jumping Higher
The ability to stay fresh throughout a season can make or break an athlete in terms of performance and can also affect training during summer months or the off-season.
A good Vertical jump training program will typically consists of plyometric exercises and weight lifting drills.
This can be extremely tasking and requires adequate rest and rejuvenation for optimal results.
Many athletes often struggle to see results not because they are not following the right jumping programs but because of what they are doing - or in some cases not doing - away from their training arena.
If you answer yes to 5 or more of the following questions there is a good chance that you are not implementing the right rest and recovery plan and all your efforts to improve your vertical jump will be in vain.
1) Do you find that you are not getting the kind of results you feel you should be getting despite training harder than your peers? 2) Do you get frequently injured? 3) Do you fall ill often? 4) Do you tire easily during games? 5) Are you listless and lack concentration? 6) Is your performance in training and competition actually diminishing? 7) Are you moody and prone to fits of temper? If you have checked 5 or more on this list then you have to hold on and honestly ask yourself if you are getting enough rest.
Rest and recovery is in my opinion as crucial as the actual exercises performed to jump higher because this is the only time your body gets to build muscle and repair damaged tissues.
If you don't have a clear and concise strategy/routine whereby you allow your body time to recover you will eventually see diminishing returns no matter how hard you train.
It's actually very easy to develop good habits that let your body recover from the rigours of training.
Some of the things you should do include: 1) Getting enough rest in between training sessions 2) Stretching well before any form of exercise 3) Cooling down after exercises and drills 4) Eating the right food that fuels your body 5) Getting massages 6) Taking cold baths 7) Getting at least 8 hours of sleep 8) Keep your body properly hydrated (get plenty of fluids) 9) Don't train too much If you are still not convinced of the importance of rest and recovery note that rookies in professional sports like the NBA always seem to breakdown towards the end of the season despite the fact that they are younger than their veteran team-mates.
This may seem counter-intuitive but the fact is that the older players have over the years formed good habits that enable them stand the course of the season.