So, I worked with WHOOP. I slept with WHOOP. I walked the dog with WHOOP, all the while dragging myself like a zombie through my days. The longer the cold dragged on, WHOOP’s app told me that I was getting nowhere near the eight, nine, and sometimes 10 hours of sleep my body needed to recover. I was incredulous that I needed as much sleep as WHOOP’s app recommended, but I couldn’t deny that I was getting worse, not better. Coughing fits, a baby with bronchitis, a potty-training toddler — you name it, they were keeping me up at night and dragging me down in the daytime. At rock bottom, I got four-and-a-half hours of sleep, when WHOOP told me that I needed ten-and-a-half. I had no choice but to follow the band’s recommendations, and rest my aching, sick body.
Martin prefers a player come to him as soon as he feels something is wrong. He knows, however, veteran players can often figure out whether they need assistance or whether an injury is minor enough that they can take care of it themselves, and prevent it from becoming serious. Athletes, especially veterans, are in tune with their bodies, and they tend to know the difference between being just sore or worn down and when they are injured. It's not wise to let an injury linger, so an athlete should seek medical attention from his or her trainer or a sports physician to immediately prevent it from worsening.