As a longtime coach for the US Men's National Volleyball team, and now a coach at the University of Southern California, Gary Sato has logged thousands of miles trekking from tournament to tournament, coaxing the best from his teams. Part of a family dynasty of volleyball players (he marched alongside his brother, Eric, and sister, Liane - both players on the US squads - in two Olympic opening ceremonies), he is also a chiropractor with more than 20 years' experience.
So who better to ask: how do you survive a long-haul flight, and stay on top of your game?
Here are Gary's tips:
And he has one last piece of advice for athlete-travelers: stay in good shape.
Maintain your strength and your flexibility; you have to take care of your body. If you're running around a whole bunch then you have to cool down and do some recuperation so that you can go hard the next day. You might have the luxury of a masseuse rubbing those muscles to relax them, but the hotel Jacuzzi should not be underestimated. I think the problem is just staying in too long - plus all the other beverages that are associated with the Jacuzzi afterward.
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