Training places stress on the body and to counter this we need periods of recovery, periods that give the body a chance to absorb all of the stress and allow the itself to adapt.

The better an athlete recovers, the more effective their training becomes, so here are some of our top recovery strategies for athletes (all athletes and levels of sportspeople).

Recovery Strategies for Athletes

1. Post-Training Nutrition 

Refuelling properly will enhance muscle repair, restore muscle and glycogen stores and replace fluid loss. Refuelling is important to return the body back to its resting state so that athletes can start quality training again as soon as possible.

If this has not occurred, the athlete is more likely to accumulate more fatigue leading to injury down the track. 

As a general guideline for recovery, nutrition should include: 

  • Quality carbohydrate to replenish muscle fuel stores
  • Lean protein to promote muscle repair 
  • Fluid and electrolytes to rehydrate effectively 

For more individualised nutrition advice, book in to see a Sports Dietician to create a nutrition plan. 

2. Sleep 

Sleep results in greater performance and mental well-being. Sleep is also important because it is during sleep when our body releases human growth hormones critical for muscle repair, something that is vital or athletes and sportspeople training hard and wanting to recover quickly. 

Tips with better quality sleep include: 

  • Routine time when you go to sleep 
  • Sleep in a cooler environment 
  • Reduce exposure to light 30 mins prior to sleep 
  • Track your sleep (there are many apps that help track your duration of sleep) 
  • Avoiding stimulants (eg. coffee) and alcohol prior to sleep 

3. Active Recovery 

Traditionally, most people will tell you to stay off your feet and let your body rest.

However, “active recovery” is low intensity exercise to promote blood flow to the body’s muscles resulting in the removal of waste products the body may accumulate during exercise such as lactic acid.

Types of effective Active Recovery strategies may include:

  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Cycling 

4. Recovery Tools 

There are many recovery accessories to add to your recovery routine. These include: 

  • Foam rolling 
  • Massage 
  • Compression 
  • Yoga 
  • Meditation 
  • Cryotherapy 

Recovery accessories are just that, accessories that complement the foundations of recovery which are nutrition and sleep.

Pick a few recovery accessories to see if they work for you. The key is not to add too much, as adding more to the process may increase stress to the body.

This post on recovery strategies for athletes was written by Precision Athletica exercise physiologist Justin Trang, is you would like to know more or seek specific guidance from Justin, you can contact him by email here.

How Do I Book An Appointment with Precision Athletica for Help?

We’re taking the health of our clients, members and staff very seriously and our preference would be for you to call to book an appointment so that we can make sure to explain our approach to keeping you safe. You can call our bookings team to schedule a session:

  • Customer Support Centre: 02 9764 5787
  • OR email us at: olympicpark@precisionathletica.com.au

Online Consultations

Evolving with the current environment, we are also now offering online appointments, meaning that we can support anyone who is unable to leave their home. Sessions are done via our state of the art Telehealth system and as long as you have a laptop or tablet with an inbuilt camera, or a phone with camera, we can help! Online consultations would be especially effective for guiding you in how to use your foam roller.

To learn more about online consultations, please call us on any of the numbers listed above.

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