Erica Gavel: Rest, Recovery and Stress Management
December 14, 2016
Erica Gavel went to the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where she was apart of Team Canada's Wheelchair Basketball Team. Erica has been training with Bruce Craven at Craven SPORT services for a few years now and it has been amazing to see her acheive her goals and succeed as a Paralympic Athlete. Here's a bit about what's she's been learning about rest, recovery and stress management since returning home:
"After Rio, Bruce and I had some open and honest discussions on where I was and where I want to be come Tokyo 2020. The biggest gap in my training was rest, recovery, and stress management. In regards to rest our current goal is 10 hours/day (this includes naps). In terms of recovery, space in between my workouts, proper cool downs, and the timing of external modalities are areas we really focused on. Lastly, stress management was an area we thought we could make the most gains. Overall, I don't think the obvious stress a person sees day to day is something that caused problems, it was the little things, such as meal prep, downtime, life outside of basketball, and meditation before every single workout. After combining these three areas into a well thought out action plan, I've improved more than I ever have, given a short amount of time. The workload and effort has stayed the same, but it's all these little factors that people don't think about that are making the difference. It's an area that hasn't really been explored a lot, but is actually the most important piece."
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