With 32 caps and 8 tries for Scotland, retired international rugby player, Simon Danielli, has had a career that most budding rugby players would dream of. The former Bath, Borders and Ulster wing was forced to retire in 2012, however after a catalogue of injuries, and the 35-year-old knows only too well how a demanding career in elite sport can take its toll on the body.
We caught up with Simon to talk cricket, Steve Jobs and missing his Mammoth when he goes on holiday.
Simon on rugby…
I loved playing sports for as long as I can remember. I first tried my hand at cricket where I was quick bowler but I somehow managed to lose speed in my teenage years, but rugby was always the sport I enjoyed playing the most. My rugby career has been fun and memorable, if a little short.
Now I’m retired I’m really looking forward to the Rugby World Cup 2015 and a cautiously optimistic that a couple of the Home Nations will do very well. At club level, Ulster are also very close to winning trophies so I hope to see that happen soon.
As a rugby player, we had a weekly training schedule with team training and weight lifting leading up to Friday night matches, but the big fitness gains were always made pre-season. The game continues to get more physical, and the size and power of the academy players coming through now is impressive.
This makes rest even more vital; rest time and recovery should play a large part in any training regime. Although it’s often hard to convince people (sometime even coaches) just how important it is.
Simon on the importance of sleep and taking care of his back…
When I was playing, I aimed for around eight hours of sleep a night to make sure I had the energy levels I needed. Now, with a young family and a job that requires I wear a suit and tie rather than a pair of rugby boots, between six and eight hours sleep is more realistic. Becoming a father has given me the proudest moments of my life, but it’s certainly turned me into a lighter, more restless sleeper.
I suffer from a degenerative back Injury that can be debilitating if I don’t look after myself properly, so this has been an important consideration at night-time both towards the end of my career and even today.
My body knows only too well if I’m away for a prolonged period on business or if I go on holiday and do not sleep on my Mammoth mattress. Personally, I can cope with being tired after a bad night’s sleep, but waking up feeling sore or stiff in your thirties is never pleasant.
Simon on his Mammoth and bedtime ritual…
I first heard of Mammoth through word of moth within sporting circles. It came highly recommended for those with musculoskeletal problems or people seeking more effective recovery at night.
I heard lots of positive things being said about the Mammoth range from a performance, comfort and back-care perspective, and I’ve been really happy with my own so far.
I like the sleep environment to be cool, which is a key selling point of the Mammoth and makes it much easier to fall asleep.
Simon on who he’d choose to have a late night chat with…
It would have to be Steve Jobs
Simon Danielli bought his Mammoth Performance mattress from Dreams Boucher Road in Belfast.