Our latest e-book, Practical Guide to Recovery, looks to understand the contributing factors that cause fatigue and in turn, help guide targeted recovery strategies.
There are a number of known recovery modalities available to athletes. It is important for individuals to experiment and select the structure that works best for them. It is also important to note that in a team environment, what works well for one athlete may not necessarily work well for another.
In the above graphic, elements closer to the bottom of the pyramid should be recovery priorities. These are the ‘big rocks’, they will provide the most value and ensure that athletes are giving themselves every opportunity to appropriately recover.
If athletes neglect to undertake elements relating to recovery such as adequate sleep and eating food high in nutritional value, other methods they choose to employ may have minimal effect. They must choose wisely and prioritise accordingly.
The benefits of appropriate recovery modalities and prescription include:
- Promoted blood flow and transport facilitation of oxygen around the body.
- Stimulating the Central Nervous System (CNS).
- Allowing for resynthesis of protein/hormones integral to tissue repair.
- A decrease in acute inflammation, this can be beneficial during heavy competition phases when the aim is to recover as quickly as possible.
Interested in learning more about athlete recovery processes? Click here to download the e-book.