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Should I be performing cool downs after practice?

Yes, performing cool downs after practice will help minimize muscle soreness, injury, and also bring your practice to a conclusion.When implementing a cool down, you should gradually bring your heart rate back down utilizing whatever method you prefer.Once you have reduced your heart rate, you can incorporate foam rolling and static stretching- both of which have benefits for injury and muscle soreness prevention.Foam rolling is a gentle form of self massage where you roll over a muscle until you find a sensitive or tender area (knot).Once you have found a knot, you will apply pressure on that knot for 20 – 30 seconds.After foam rolling, you should incorporate static stretching, where you hold a stretch for 20 to 30 seconds.It is recommended that you stretch the same muscles as you foam rolled in order to enhance the effectiveness of the cool down, however you can also perform static stretches on other areas as well.

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