Professional athletes, weekend warriors, runners, triathletes, swimmers, etc what do they all have in common? All of these are athletes who strive to perform to the best of there capabilities. It is common when athletes are training harder they might push there body too a point that results in pain and injury. I want to talk about 3 VITAL FACTORS so people can stay active doing what they love for longer.
Number 1- Adaptation
What is Adaptation?? Many people will do to much too quickly. This is the most common cause of injury whether it be acute or chronic. Instead of slowly increasing the volume of activity one is performing, most people go from 0-100. What I mean by that is sometimes people do not allow themselves to build up at a steady pace, instead they increase there volume of activity too quickly. As a result your body does not have enough time to adapt to the increase n load on the muscles and as a result you get pain. An example of this is a runner training for a marathon. Instead of doing a run-walk program, they will just try to run as long as they can for as far as they can, pushing through pain if they have too. This is sooooooo wrong. You must gradually increase our volume of training at a rate that does not cause pain. This is referred to as adaptation. Adaptation is the cornerstone in having a long lasting active life with minimal injury.
Number 2- Have a good health care practitioner
A good chiropractor, physiotherapist, massage, etc is important to help to maintain muscle pliability and improve athletic performance. Your body is no different than a machine, so the harder you drive that machine the more you have to maintain it. Having active release, Graston, exercise rehab, IMS, Dry needling, joint mobilizations, acupuncture are all methods to help you perform better and push your body past its physiological limitations.
Number 3- Nutrition and hydration
This is quite possibly the most important point. Having a healthy well balanced diet and proper hydration s very important to help you recuperate from muscle soreness and fuel your body to build more muscle to help you continually improve your performance and liimit your pain. Over half of our bodies are made of water, it is important to make sure we are getting enough water, nutrients and electrolytes to keep our bodies neutral.
Overall adaptation, regular muscle and joint work, and nutrition are the keys to maintaining your health and continually improving a long career in sport.Leave a reply →