Recovery strategies

Active recovery (light exercise) is recommended over passive (resting)...

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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... MORE

Post workout burn

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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... MORE

Muscle soreness

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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... MORE

Ibuprofen – pain treatment in sport

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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... MORE

Drugs and recovery: why pain-relief medication may inhibit your...

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Andrew Hamilton explains the process of inflammation following injury, and what all athletes need to know about pain relief medication Sooner or later the dreaded ‘I’ word becomes part and parcel of virtually every athlete’s vocabulary. If you’re exploring your physical limits, or your sport involves the risk of impact, it’s only a matter of... MORE

Does aspirin, codeine and paracetamol reduce muscle soreness?

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The effect of painkillers on muscle soreness Do common painkillers have any role to play in the management of delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) – the pain, tenderness and restriction of movement which commonly peaks 2-3 days after strenuous or unaccustomed exercise?  That’s the question researchers from Coventry and Northern Ireland set out to answer with... MORE

Muscle soreness

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Try this eccentric method of getting rid of muscle soreness Muscle soreness is the bane of all athletes because it is connected with low muscular power outputs and an inability to carry out high-quality workouts and competitions. The exact cause of the soreness is unknown, but there are three key ways to prevent it: 1)... MORE

Carbohydrate protection against muscle damage

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Eating in a way that keeps your body primed for peak fitness can also reduce your risk of injury. Firstly, eating foods that will help to fend off fatigue will minimise injuries arising from tiredness and weakness. Secondly, some of the metabolic processes which can lead to muscle soreness and damage can be counteracted to... MORE

The importance of recovery and various recovery strategies

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The importance of recovery for sportsmen and women of all disciplines When planning training programmes for athletes, it is easy to write down sets, reps, times, volumes, intensities and loads. However, structuring a recovery programme to effectively allow adaptation to take place between training sessions is a lot trickier, as James Marshall explains.Before we look... MORE


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