Many students at Saint Joseph’s value working out on a weekly basis. Whether it’s to stay healthy,  relieve stress or just because they enjoy it. After taking a survey we discovered that 68% of Saint. Joseph’s students do not implement a post-workout recovery into their routine. 

We spoke with some  Division One Hawks, along with their sports trainers and conditioning coaches, to find out what an ideal recovery process is. 

Aaron Lemma, a member of the men’s track team, said muscle inflammation has to be dealt with immediately post-workout in the recovery process.

“Ways to combat that is a low inflammatory diet, a lot of vegetables and a lot of whole foods,” Lemma said. “The mediterranean diet is a perfect example of that.  It has a lot of good, healthy fats staying away from starches and grains.” 

Jenna Robinson, a St. Joe’s athletic trainer,  works closely with other athletes, specifically members of the men’s soccer  and women’s lacrosse teams. Robinson said that replenishing through water, food and stretching aren’t the only aspects of a good recovery.   

“ I don’t think people understand the importance of sleep, the brain is one of the most important muscles of the body and you have to take care of it and the easiest way to do that is getting close to eight hours of rest every night,” Robinson said 

Jenna Robinson works on the recovery process post-workout in Hahan Arena’s training room. Photo by Julianna Kissinger.

The athletic training staff does a great job of making sure that they educate and provide treatment tools to help athletes recover. Athletes such as Mac McLaughlin, a member of the men’s lacrosse team, takes advantage of using the ice bath at least twice a week. He values that resource as a  key part of his recovery. 

According to Hawk athletes, ice baths are a key part of recovery post-workout. Photo by Mackenzie McBride.

Saint Joe’s also has specialized strength and conditioning coaches that work with varsity sports on strength in the weightroom, speed on the field and nutrition in everyday life. Brian Bingman, also known as “Bing” is the Director of the strength and conditioning program. “Bing” said the easiest recovery tip is to be consistently eating [healthy food] three times a day. 

“It’s like filling gas in your car,” Bing said. You can’t drive a car with an empty tank, that’s the same thing with your body. Even if you’re trying to lose weight, you need to be consistently eating for fuel in order to have consistent workouts.” 

Mike Bibbo, an athletic trainer, works with baseball player Jake Artz with the recovery process after a lift session.

Sebastian Eatton, a member of the track and field team, said there are key ingredients in refueling.

“Whey protein certainly helps during recovery,” Eaton said. “it’s widely available and beneficial for long term recovery”  

This is important not just for Division 1 athletes, but also for students who work out regularly because they also need to properly recover. Food is one of the major ways to refuel and recover your body. Bing said carbs and protein are incredibly important post workout . 

“Obviously whole foods are going to be better than anything, but our athletes drink chocolate milk, it’s a super cheap and effective.”                            

Students at Saint Joseph’s should consider recovering after they work out so they can properly take care of their bodies and reduce the risk of injury. 


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