#54 - I train 6 days a week and play a match on the 7th day. My pace is going down day by day, I don’t understand why?

QUESTION

I train 6 days a week and play a match on the 7th day. My pace is going down day by day, I don’t understand why?


ANSWER

Hey,

I’m so happy that you asked this question as I feel this is something a lot of young athletes misunderstand. It’s great that you’re keen and committed to giving your all to cricket. But you must remember that rest is as important as training.

Fast bowling is a nervous system activity. If you’re training every single day, you’re burning your nervous system out completely – there’s no chance that you’ll be fresh for your game on the 7th day.

This is called CNS Fatigue / Adrenal fatigue and it’s a very well documented topic in sports science – I’d recommend you to do some research on these topics.

You need to incorporate rest into your training. There’s a time to go all in and there’s a time to take it easy. A lot of the bowlers that we’ve spoken to have said that they like to have a full day of rest before a game to ensure their bodies are fully energised and fresh for the game.

I hope that helps.

All the best.


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