im 27 now and trying to see how often people play? i played tuesday and two days later i still feel hella sore. do any of you play everyday? what are some things to do to help the body recover quicker?
im 23 and I play like 4 or 5 times a week. If you get too sore to play you should probably look at what you are eating. You have to have a good balance of protein/carbs/fats in order to get proper muscle recovery. Hydration is probably just as important. We are made up of 70% water, and you lose a lot of fluids playing basketball. You should be drinking water all the time, ESPECIALLY just after you play, that is the most important time as your body is more at risk to dehydration.
If you play infrequently, with very little or no aerobic exercise otherwise, the constant soreness could be your muscles repeatedly breaking down and trying to get themselves in shape. If you play once, then take five days off, then play, it could just create a cycle of the body trying to get in shape over and over again.
For me, if I haven't been able to play for a while, there's certainly soreness. But if I play through it, it dissipates over time and my body adjusts. With basketball being such a high energy activity, it kind of requires a person to keep their body in a high energy state in order to ward off soreness. That's why, the more intense level of athletic activity is involved, the easier it is for one's muscles to atrophy via neglect.
I'm 27 and I only play like once or twice a week on a good week. When I was younger I used to play all day everyday but now work, bills, and family come first so its hard to hoop like I want to. If you start playing more your body will get back used to it and you won't be sore like that.
the older you get, the longer it takes to heal. especially if you go all out for a few hours. sometimes i gotta take acetominophen because i know i wont get much sleep if i dont. but once summer comes around, i can ball everyday. just as long as i dont go crazy for 3 hrs, ill be ok to play the next day.
right now i play at least once or twice a week, for maybe an hour and half each time. good night's rest is important in the healing process. and i guess drink milk.
I feel your pain. I'm 25 and not recovering as well as I did at 21.
Like other people said; eat healthy, stretch, and ice your knees from time to time. The stretching part is the hardest for me. I always tell myself I'll do it and don't get around to it.
But if I play hard 3-4 hours on a Saturday, I find myself not wanting to play on Sunday. Sometimes I do and I just pass and shoot jumpers. Sometimes I rest though and it sucks because when I was 20 I could play all day every day.
They all play that stupid commie sport called "football."
Americans call it "soccer."
But when I was living in the US and was younger it was twice a week during summer months for 3-5 hours.
Sun burns, lots of water drinking, blisters, sweaty and stinky socks and expensive nikes, sore biceps from practicing shooting too much, sore knees from playing concrete. good days but too old now (almost 35)
If this is your first time playing basketball in a long time, then expect a long recovery time. If you play a couple of days/week for about 3-4 weeks straight, the recovery time will be much shorter than it is now.
However, your recovery is slower at 27 years old than at 21 years old, and your time-to-recovery slowly increases as you age. Your ability/athleticism will still be with you for awhile though.
I play about 3 times/wk or 6 hours/wk.
Also, SLEEP is underrated. Make sure you get about 7-8 hours of sleep everyday. This is good for many, many, many reasons.
2-3 times a week
i get really sore as well. it seems like it gets worse every year if i go all out for 2-3hrs. It kinda goes away if you're in better shape. I also make sure i do my yoga/stretching exercises for a full hour before i play. It helps alot with the after soreness. Water too. and sometimes i get major headaches the night after a few hours i played. nothing a little Advil cant help.
I used to ball every Monday with my brother, two friends and whoever was playing at the local park, but we stopped doing that some time in March. I haven't played ball in a few weeks now and I'm getting the itch to play. Might go right now actually.