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How about cold weather?

15 Mar 2019

The second half of the season is slowly getting underway and many of the goalkeepers are struggling with quite serious problems in the sometimes inhospitable cold local conditions. How do I keep my hands and actually my whole body at the ideal temperature so that I don't have to wear a ton of clothes and at the same time it's comfortable for me to grip?

Prepare properly for the performance

To ensure that you are not cold and your performance is not limited by bad conditions, it is necessary to prevent it already in the cabin. You need to dress properly, preferably in tighter compression thermal underwear that will prevent heat from leaving the body. Another option is to apply warming ointment to larger muscles that suffer from the cold, such as the thighs. But it must not be overdone! It is absolutely essential to have dry clothes. You will get cold very quickly when wet and therefore you will be cold. Windbreakers or a whistler are also not out of the question, especially in case of rainy weather.

The basis is movement

After arriving on the grass, the first thing you should be concerned about is warming up your own body. It's really hard to stretch your muscles if you've just arrived at training and barely got dressed in the locker room. Do some lats, do some push-ups or squats. It is very good then to do some more dynamic exercises, such as lower or higher skipping, known in football slang as "high knees" and "quick feet". Only after warming up the whole body as a whole, it is possible to move on to stretching. But be careful not to get cold again, so the stretching of the muscles should be at least partially moving again.

Do not climb into the gate with mittens!

If there's one widespread problem with goalkeepers, from the Premier League to the county, it's hand cold. Yes, the cold on the most important part of the goalkeeper's body is an obstacle that not only weakens performance, but also increases the risk of injury. So what to do about it? This is actually a question that all goalkeepers are struggling with to this day. Some people try to warm their hands under gloves with additional textiles, it is worth mentioning, for example, wearing silicone (doctor's) gloves. Just a little powder under them and your hands will stay dry and warm. The problem is that you lose quite a bit of feel for the balloon. Others stick heating pads into their gloves, which heat up due to a chemical reaction after breaking the ampoule inside. Again we encounter a problem. The pillows are usually not the ideal size, so your hands will have quite limited movement. I think it's best to just move your fingers. Show. Because that's the only way you'll keep at least a little bit of warmth in your hands and at the same time you won't lose feeling.

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