Our beloved lumpy, potholed covered fields get turned into waterlogged quagmires.
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As much as the players would love to slide around in the rain sodden muck, the surfaces are unplayable and games get called off.
There is little or no action in some leagues from December through to February and fixtures start to stack up.
It’s hard enough recovering from one 90 minutes a week, let alone two. And what about those savage double headers? How are your legs going to cope? With an effective recovery strategy that’s how.
And what is that we hear you say? Hit play and let Dawn Scott, fitness coach for the US women’s national team, fill you in.
Dawn Scott was speaking at the Science + Football Conference. This year's conference is on Wednesday, April 30 at the London Soccer Dome. For more information visit www.scienceandfootball.com
For more recovery tips see:
Coping with fixture congestion
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