Food is essential to this process. The average Sunday League footballer usually recovers with a handful of painkillers, a bacon sandwich and a cup of tea. That might help ease the hangover pain, but it won’t help your muscles repair.
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To help you bounce back stronger we spoke to Southampton’s performance nutritionist, Mike Naylor, about the foods your body needs to recharge.
Mike Naylor was speaking at the Science + Football Conference. This year's conference is on Sunday, April 12 at St George's Park. For more information visit www.scienceandfootball.com.
For more recovery tips see:
Recovery rules for football
Recovery: A how to guide
Shane Long's rules to recovery
Micah Richards: Recharge your batteries for the next game
Post match recovery starts here...
Bobby Zamora on recovery
Bedtime at the Theatre of Dreams
How to sleep yourself sharp