Walking and light stretching will help you cool down after you've played a game of basketball. in this free basketball video.
Okay next I would like to talk about cool down. After you're finished playing it's always good to cool down or like we did when we did warm ups, we did stretches? It's always wise to stretch even after you play a hard game of basketball. To loosen your joints back up before you lay down for sleep because they'll tighten right back up. So, general idea for cooling down after you play is walking around the court. You can do it slowly, you don't have to run. Just walking around the court. Shaking out your legs. And reviewing the stretches the we began with to warm up. I mean you can do those as soon as you get home, after you get out of the shower. Stretch a little bit. You don't have to review all the stretches. Just in key areas. You want to stretch your calf muscles. Your hamstrings and your thighs. And your back especially when you're cooling down. Another general rule of thumb is to ice your joints down. I was once told by a therapist, after anytime you have extended play on your joints, be it basketball, golf, tennis or whatever, you want to ice your joints down. And what that means is, you see those players after the games putting the ice packs on their knees or on their shoulders? They're icing down and what they're doing is cooling down their joints. And that helps prolong your joints wear and tear throughout the years. So when you ice your knees after every practice or every game it helps you to be able to play longer on those knees. So that's just a general rule of thumb. When cooling down, always ice your joints down. Especially your knees. If not anything else, ice your knees down after every game.