Soreness. Most people know what it means. That ache that makes it nearly impossible to sit down following a tough workout. But what does this response from the muscles indicate about your players, and how do we as coaches facilitate the recovery from this state.
In my career, I played 11 years in three leagues which have very short seasons (about 3 months - 16 games). By the end of every season, I distinctly remember being exhausted physically and mentally, and in desperate need of a good rest period.