Recovery strategies

Recovery strategies

Sports massage: sore muscles

Massage and delayed onset muscle soreness Therapeutic massage after heavy exercise may relieve the symptoms of delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) but does nothing for muscle strength or function, according to two quite separate new studies.  In one investigation, led by Australian and Japanese researchers, a group of eight healthy active young men were treated to […]

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Recovery training is vital for achieving maximal physiological adaptation as well as for reducing the risk of illness and injury

As Tour de France legend Lance Armstrong says “Recovery is the name of the game… whoever recovers the fastest does the best” All work and no rest makes for an injury-prone and weakened athlete. Read top conditioning coach Nick Grantham’s rules for recovery and reap the benefit.Talent alone is no longer enough to guarantee victory […]

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Active recovery (light exercise) is recommended over passive (resting) recovery for the removal of lactate

Recovery training decreases fatigue, accelerates physiological regeneration, enhances adaptation and decreases the risk of injury Recovery is increasingly recognised as a significant component of athletic training and performance – particularly for elite performers, who may be expected to engage in very demanding training two or even three times a day. An adequate recovery is known […]

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Post workout burn

After you’ve finished a workout, your body is not finished working Heart rate and respiration stay elevated for a while, muscles repair themselves and re-stock their stores of glycogen, your glands pump out increased quantities of ‘repair’ hormones such as cortisol and testosterone, and your nervous system often maintains a higherthan-usual activity state. As a […]

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Muscle soreness

Tough workouts promote heightened fitness, but they can also lead to so much muscle soreness that athletes are unable to train effectively during the days after a rigorous session. To promote more consistent training and to limit muscle damage, exercise scientists have searched for ways to prevent excessive post-workout soreness. One popular anti-soreness recommendation has […]

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Ibuprofen – pain treatment in sport

Does Ibuprofen reduce the painful effects of delayed-onset muscle soreness? A recent study carried out in Greece lends support to the use of Ibuprofen as a method for reducing the painful effects of delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) that often beset athletes following an intense training session. Nineteen subjects completed the trial which took place over […]

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Hydrotherapy

Don’t pour cold water over hydrotherapy These days, hydrotherapy techniques – particularly alternating hot and cold water immersion – are becoming increasingly popular as an aid to recovery. But is this practice backed up by research? And what mechanisms are responsible for its effects?  The importance of recovery for any athlete cannot be over-emphasised. Unfortunately, […]

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