Lenny Parracino teaching how to optimize sports recovery

88- Optimize Your Recovery in Sports with Lenny Parracino

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

October 17, 2019

What steps do you take after intense exercise or sports to recover appropriately? Do you have a routine you follow, or do you jump onto the couch and start playing video games?

Working with a lot of young athletes, the latter is usually what happens. When you are young, you are "invincible" therefore you don't need to stretch or do any recovery measures.

..Or so they think.

There are more and more young athletes falling prey to injuries from their sports, and there can be a number of reasons why that is.

So instead of being reactive and only providing support for young athletes after they have been injured, we will be talking about preventative ways to keep their body as healthy as possible during the season.

What Can You Learn From Professional Sports About Recovery

Lenny Parracino (was on Episode 12, the most downloaded episode to date) works with the LA Clippers and is faculty at the Meyer Institute of Sport. The athletes he works with rely on the best training and recovery protocols because their bodies are literally their livelihood.

So what can we learn about sports recovery from those in professional sports?

We learn that recovery is extremely important. We also learn that each player needs a specific protocol that can be applied to their needs.

That means Sally who plays soccer will need different routines than Zack who wrestles. And on top of that, as they continue to grow, the routines need to morph with them.

In this episode we dive deep (like Lenny always does) into strategies that parents, coaches, trainers, etc can utilize with their young athletes.

If you want to support these young athletes and make sure they avoid injury, you have to listen to this episode.


What To Expect From This Episode

  • What factors lead to more injuries from sport
  • How can you manage the load athletes are dealing with
  • What type of changes in routine need to happen as kids grow
  • Which modalities or tools are helpful, especially when you have multiple events in one day


  • [2:15] It has been 2 and a half years since Lenny was on Episode 12, what new projects has he done since then
  • [5:15] All of a sudden there is a lot of focus on recovery in sports, why?
  • [6:45] When kids specialize in sports too early, is this setting them up for injury
  • [9:30] Sleep is extremely important, and this book is a great resource for sleep
  • [10:30] What are ways athletes can practice load management
  • [14:15] How can you determine which modalities would be best for an athlete to help them improve performance
  • [18:00] Do you have to adapt the bodily needs for kids because of all the growth spurts they go through
  • [21:00] Kids can grow a lot over a summer, and then they have to relearn how to move in their body
  • [29:00] What is considered to be the connective tissues in the body
  • [31:00] How much does the brain inhibit or control the function of the tissues within the body
  • [36:15] How do you start to develop a protocol for a specific person
  • [49:45] For kids who have tournaments or have multiple events in one day, how can they recover quickly between each game
  • [56:15] What are some strategies while at a tournament to recover when you can't leave the venue
  • [57:00] The Hypervolt is a great device to use on the road
  • [60:00] Most people can't handle more force from the Hypervolt, and their body will protect against it
  • [62:00] While using the Hypervolt, you want to go low and slow, moving slowly over the area you want to change
  • [63:00] Lenny's final thoughts on why we should have a soft tissue routine similar to brushing your teeth

Resources From This Episode

Some of these resources may contain affiliate links, which provides a small commission to me (at no extra expense to you).

  • Learn More About the Functional Soft Tissue Course Here

Transcript For Episode (Transcripts aren't even close to 100% Accurate)

Learn More About Lenny Parracino

Lenny Parracino teaches different ways to recover better from sports and athletics

Lenny Parracino teaches different ways to recover better from sports and athletics

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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