Recovery is very important for athletes in any sport. An athlete who is unable to recover well will not be able to perform well.
Recovery includes hydration, sleeping and reducing social life.
Hydration is very important in any sport. Water is obviously a very necessary item for survival and it is a huge factor in recovery. If athletes are not drinking water frequently throughout the day, they will experience the unhealthy effects of dehydration.
Sleeping is also incredibly important for recovery. Sleeping at least 8 hours per night is necessary for success in anything (even beyond sports). If an athlete is not well rested, it is very hard for them to perform in practice.
Social life is important, don’t get me wrong. But as an NCAA athlete, athletics must take priority over social life. Partying, drinking and drugs will heavily impact an athlete’s ability to recover. I’m not saying never to go out with your friends, but reducing the amount of partying and late nights will positively impact an athlete’s performance. Let me just put it this way; your coach will be able to tell if you have had a rough night or have stayed out late over the weekend, so make sure that you do not prioritize social life over athletics.