Tips to Keep Players Fresh for the Playoffs

With tournament time right around the corner here are a few tips to make sure your team is fresh going into games:  

  1. Give your team time to foam roll and go through mobility/stretching routines.
  2. Utilize Cold tub immersion and contrast bath post practice.
  3. Remind your team that 8-10 hours of sleep is optimal for their age group.
  4. Encourage proper nutritional habits.


Five benefits of proper sleep for athletes (1)

–  Improved reaction times

–  Reduced injury rates

–  Longer playing careers

–  Better accuracy, faster sprint times

–  Fewer mental errors

Cold Tub Immersion (2)

–  Reduces inflammation.

–  Has a pain-reducing effect.

–  Recommended temperature: 50-60o F.

–  8-12-minute immersion is recommended.

Contrast Bath (3)

–  Contrast between hot tub and cold tub.

–  Has a pumping effect of blood which aids in flushing of bi-products.

–  Pain-reducing effect.

–  Start with hot tub and finish with cold tub.

–  Three rounds of 3-minute hot tub and 3-minute cold tub.

–  50-60o F for cold tub and 100-103o F for hot tub is recommended.

  1. Fatigue Science. (2015, September 23). 5 areas sleep has the greatest impact on athletic performance [Web log post]. Retrieved June 2, 2016, from
  2.  Quinn, E. (2016, April 28). After Exercise – Does and Ice Water Bath Speed Recovery? [Web log post]. Retrieved June 2, 2016, from
  3.  Matsui, C. (2015, September 21). Do Ice and Contrast Baths Really Work? NYC Strength Coach [Web log post]. Retrieved June 2, 2016, from 65.

basketball strength and conditioningJon Sanderson MS,CSCS,MSCC,USAW,TPI,FMS

Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

University of Michigan Men’s Basketball

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