With a bit of exhaustion from a month of heavy workload, lots of strength and conditioning sessions, football games, training sessions and gym sessions I can smell an injury around the corner. As luck would have it I do not need to miss a game this wednesday as there is no fixture, so now is the perfect time!
I will be stretching nearly every day this week, a couple of times a day and getting on my foam roller a few times to iron out my iliotibial band and hip flexors to really release all of the tension gathering in the hips and knees. I can do this in the gym or at home, and my two or three gym sessions will consist of just maintaining general strength and improving my areas of weakness (adductors, hamstrings, glutes) which will just require gentle strengthening exercises, high reps and light weights!
As well as general core stability exercises like the plank, side planks and some dynamic core work, I will also be keeping on top of the rotator cuffs by going through the motions with my resistance bands. Keeping your rotator cuffs strong can improve your bench press, shoulder press and general shoulder stability for all important movements so it is a great muscle group to keep in check!
Also if you play sports, a good old sports massage on your tight areas won't do you any harm!
Remember to listen to your body! It may be telling you that rest is best.