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The Recovery Process

by Anthony J. Harvey, CSCS, TSAC-F, RSCC
NSCA Coach January 2015
Vol 3, Issue 1

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Many processes and applications are used for recovery programs but there are certain factors that must be taken into consideration before determining the optimal course of action.

The recovery process is an on-going, evolving, and important factor influencing athletes’ performance in the NBA. Whether it is new modalities, technology, or modifications to existing methods, this process is one that can only be mastered by looking at all aspects of recovery; which includes mental, emotional, and physical recovery.

Strength and conditioning coaches can obtain the latest, trending application of recovery, but at the end of the day, if the athletes do not buy-in, the recovery process for them will become a challenge. Educating the athletes about all the recovery methods will allow them to take ownership and make the decision to choose what he or she is most comfortable with, and assist the coaches in determining what will work optimally for that athlete in a psychological aspect.

This article originally appeared in NSCA Coach, a quarterly publication for NSCA Members that provides valuable takeaways for every level of strength and conditioning coach. You can find scientifically based articles specific to a wide variety of your athletes’ needs with Nutrition, Programming, and Youth columns. Read more articles from NSCA Coach »

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Anthony Harvey is the former Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Detroit Pistons National Basketball Association (NBA) team. He was also the ...

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