Recovery strategies

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

Recovery time: optimizing strength and power gains

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Optimizing recovery periods for maximum strength and power gains Just what is the optimum rest period between sets to derive maximum explosive power and strength from your weight training workouts? John Shepherd looks at what the latest research has to say. How long you rest between reps and sets when weight training can have more... MORE

Pushing the boundaries: how hard is too hard?

in Endurance health and lifestyle, Recovery strategies, Training structure and planning

As previously mentioned in Peak Performance articles, it is relatively easy to monitor training loads in the gym, the pool, the track and so on(1). However, it’s much harder to monitor the training stress accumulated through matches, races and team training sessions. It’s even harder (if not impossible) to monitor stresses incurred outside the training... MORE

Overtraining: how the right nutrition can help prevent it...

in Dietary basics, Hydration and fuelling on the move, Nutrition for endurance athletes, Recovery nutrition, Recovery strategies, Supplements

Professor Mike Saunders explains how specific nutritional practices can prevent overtraining and accelerate exercise recovery Where should we draw the line between appropriate ‘heavy training’ and overtraining? And are there specific nutritional practices that can prevent overtraining and accelerate exercise recovery? Mike Saunders explains and shows that these two concepts are intimately linked.  In simple... MORE

Compression clothing – can it help you squeeze out...

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The use of compression clothing such as elastic shorts, tights and vests has become increasingly widespread amongst athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike. But what scientific evidence is there for its efficacy? Andy Harrison and Kevin Thompson investigate Initial studies on the use of compression garments focused on postoperative patients and the potential protection that compression... MORE

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