Taking the foot off the pedal is both healthy and normal for the competitive goalkeeper to maximize their performance. Resting completely can lead to detraining effects which can really take the edge out of the goalkeepers performance throughout the season; so planning an appropriate off-season schedule is vital for the success of the following season. Here are some tips to think about during your offseason and around the holiday time:
1. Keep a balanced diet.
Don't let the Christmas break make you look like Santa when the time comes to get back out onto the pitch! As with the whole season, a focus on solid nutrition should be the norm, even when it is time to take a break from the pitch.
2. Stay active other than football.
Take a break from the sport and stay active by doing your favorite activities. Go for a hike, a swim, or play some basketball. Give your mind a rest and do something active that you enjoy!
3. Recover your body.
As goalkeepers we get some serious knocks, bumps, bruises, and sprains throughout the season. Make sure you take care of your body by going to physical therapy, getting a massage, and giving your body time to heal; you wanted to ensure that any injuries are not prolonged and come back again in preseason.
4. Watch the game.
One of the best ways to learn besides training yourself, is to watch more football. There are going to be plenty of college games on this Thanksgiving and professional games over the month of December. Make sure you check the schedule so you can watch your favorite goalkeepers and garner experience through their gameplay. TKI will be hosting a viewing party on December 6th to watch two of the best goalkeepers in the world, Joe Hart and Tim Howard, battle for three points. For more information regarding the viewing party, email email@example.com and RSVP today!