How To Recover For Optimal Performance - Part 2

 

We are continuing with our list of the Top 10 Keys to Recovery (listen/read here: Part 1). The first five keys you can do yourself, but these next five require some help.

Keys To Recovery

6. CRYOTHERAPY

Drain the swamp (er . .  ice baths)!  Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is a research-proven cold therapy that triggers your body’s natural pain and inflammation fighters.  Chill in a cold air sauna for 3 minutes, and your body activates its restorative process.  The results are relief from pain and inflammation, accelerated muscle recovery, boosted energy levels and vitality, increased metabolic rate and elevated well-being.

7. NORMATEC COMPRESSION THERAPY

Feeling the burn of lactic acid, or dead legs from an intense leg workout?  NormaTec Compression Therapy, designed by a physician bioengineer (MD, PhD) to enhance blood flow and speed recovery, employs compressed air to massage your limbs, mobilize fluids, and speed recovery.

8. FOAM ROLLING (SELF MYOFASCIAL)

No pain, no gain: Use a foam roller to break up knots and further release tension in your muscles.  We use--and highly recommend--HyperIce Vyper and HyperSphere, rollers incorporating vibration technology to more effectively activate more of your muscle fibers.

9. SPORTS MASSAGE

Many put off a massage until we are so tight we can barely move. Don’t wait that long. Get therapeutic massages to prevent tightness and injuries in the first place.  Myofascial, deep tissue and trigger point massage techniques will release tension and improve range of motion.

10. CHIROPRACTIC, AIRROSTI & PHYSICAL THERAPY

Heavy lifting over the years puts an enormous amount of torque on your joints and spine.  Structural issues can lead to muscular issues and vice versa.  Chiropractors can take almost anything that’s out of alignment and set it right again. Airrosti soft tissue technique helps break up scar tissue (from injury) and increases range of motion, which allows you to get back on the field/court/track!

Recovery--your secret weapon

As we said in Part 1, if you really want to maximize your gains from all your training hours, then you need to prioritize recovery.  Incorporating the keys we've discussed will give you a distinct advantage over your competition, , help you achieve your fitness/competitive goals, and increase your athletic longevity!

Sources

http://www.coreperformance.com/daily/recovery/5-recovery-secrets-of-endurance-athletes.html

http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/110413p18.shtml

http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1008372-11-easy-postworkout-snacks-science-work/#slide=1

http://www.gssiweb.org/Article/sse-120-recovery-techniques-for-athletes

http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1011244-top-10-moves-recover-workout/