It’s May, and your biggest recruiting summer is just one month away.
The Memorial Day tournaments will kick off the early morning rises, back-to-back games and increased physical demands. The average temperature in May will be 66 degrees, only to increase to 76 in June and 80 by July and August. During any given day of soccer, you will spend at least two hours on a grass or turf field exerting an average of 75 percent maximum effort with a total of 11 minutes sprinting at greater than 95 percent max heart rate. To top it off, turf fields yield an increase of 35-55 degrees due to the rubber fill and lack of water evaporation present on grass.
Odds are, you’re going to experience Exercise Associated Muscle Cramps (EAMCs) if you don’t prepare, maintain and facilitate recovery via proper hydration protocols throughout the summer season.