NFL teams are asking the same question as weekend-warrior runners and cyclists: How much should you push yourself just before the big day? The surging Green Bay Packers have a counterintuitive answer. It’s called "Feel-Good Friday," a recent Packers creation in which Friday practice is canceled but deep-tissue massages or other treatments are mandatory…Experts say that nearly all training within a day of a game should be focused on replenishment of glycogen, a carbohydrate storage material. Practicing the day before a game could in fact put a team at a disadvantage, said Shawn Arent, an associate professor in the department of exercise science and sport studies at Rutgers University.
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