Do you consider long haul flights to be a nightmare? We all love and want to travel, but not many of us like the draining process of getting to our chosen destination. It’s really exhausting but how did this Olympic coach overcame his flight?
A 12-hour flight can make you feel like you’ve gone 12 rounds with a mixed martial artist. That’s a problem if you’re anxious to hit the slopes or the waves on your adventure holiday. So we asked 3-time Olympic volleyball coach Gary Sato for his tips on how elite athletes survive a long-haul flight.
As a longtime coach for the US Men’s National Volleyball team, and now as a coach at the University of Southern California, Gary Sato has logged countless thousands of miles trekking from tournament to tournament, coaxing the best from his teams. Part of a family dynasty of volleyball players (he marched alongside his brother, Eric, and sister, Liane – both players on the US squads – in two Olympic opening ceremonies), he is also a chiropractor with more than 20 years of experience.
So who better to ask: How do you survive a long-haul flight and stay on top of your game?
Here are Gary’s tips:
- Compression socks: “You can get them all the way up to your knee or all the way up to your hip. They keep the blood from pooling in your lower leg and your feet, so it prevents some of that swelling and that achiness.”
- Noise-canceling headphones: “Those are a godsend; they’re incredible. You’ve got the din of the engine and you put those things on and then you don’t ever take them off. You watch the movies, you listen to the music, or you just sit there and put them on so you don’t have to talk to the person next to you. I highly recommend them.”