September 15, 2020 4 min read
Utah royals defender, Elizabeth ball, breaks down her ultimate recovery combo, building new team chemistry and the critical role sleep plays in feeling her best.
URFC Defender, Elizabeth Ball, takes us inside her daily routine, recovery station, and shares her secret weapon for muscle tightness (hint: Salve Stick x golf ball).
For me personally, better recovery equals better sleeping habits, better eating habits, higher energy throughout my day and week, and just feeling overall more alert and alive.
What measurable ways (i.e. Whoop, HRV, FF90, etc.) have you found CBD/cannabis to help you?
I think the most measurable way that CBD has helped me is I use my Apple Watch when I sleep and I have an app that shows me how well I slept and it kind of carries over on how recovered I feel in the morning. And it has been a noticeable difference after starting to use CBD.
What is the future for cannabis x sports?
I think cannabis has a huge future in athletics. I think people are going to have to get on board and really understand that it is only a tool that's going to help. And once that happens, I think it'll take off and it will be one of the best ways to help people recover and heal from injuries.
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What has your journey with using CBD been like, any surprises or aha moments?
Using CBD, it surprised me because I didn't know if it was actually going to be something that would work for me or be beneficial, but I had a moment where I realized that it really did help with my sleep, and that's something that I've always struggled with. So that was a very pleasant surprise.
Given the status quo of CBD being a banned substance in most professional sports leagues, the NWSL has shown far more progress than most. Do you have anything to say to other professional leagues or teams who still stigmatize cannabis use for athletes?
How has the team created chemistry on and off the pitch, especially facing so much change, with a new coach, a number of new players and in an unconventional season?
This season has been the most unconventional thing that I've ever experienced and being a new player on this team with a new coach and honestly a whole bunch of new players, it's been incredible. We immediately bonded over this situation and it has just been so much fun to meet these new people and feel like I trust them and we get along so well.
What are your personal and team goals with the Utah Royals this year and looking ahead to the future?
My goals are always to get better, but this year, especially, I really wanted to work on just being extremely confident as a defender in this league with some amazing forwards.
If I were to name an unsung hero in my life, it would probably be my college coach, Erica Dambach. She she was the reason that I play defense. I was a forward my whole life and she knew right from the start that I was going to I was going to play defense and excel in that position. And without her, I don't know if I'd be in the league. And her constant support is incredible. And she's also just an amazing human being.
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