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When you’re an athlete, especially a high-performance athlete, injuries are a hazard of your lifestyle. Injuries can be debilitating, but there are certain things you can do to improve your healing time. Here are our tips for remaining positive and coming back stronger than ever.
Athletes are generally very goal-oriented and strong-willed by nature, continually striving for higher standards and pushing their limits. This is great in terms of competition but not ideal when you’ve been injured. The fact is, after an injury your body needs rest. Don’t deny the obvious: oftentimes pushing through the pain will only worsen the problem, which could leave you with more time off or not being able to go back to your sport. Taking your healthcare practitioner’s advice in terms of rest and rehabilitation and putting all your effort into healing is the most effective way to get back to doing what you love—and fast!
When you have an injury, it is important for you to remain lively and mobile to the extent that you are physically able. It’s easy to let yourself feel defeated and sorry for yourself, laying in bed all day. But don’t let yourself do this. Once you are cleared for certain activities, maintain a schedule of light exercise and workouts that will get the rest of your body moving. Especially for athletes used to training daily, being able to continue this routine of daily activity is essential to remaining positive and, ultimately, helps speed healing.
Maintaining proper nutrition is essential to helping your body repair—not to mention, making you feel better. Just because you can’t train fully, doesn’t mean you get a pass on your nutrition and diet regimen. Ask your physician or nutritionist if there are certain vitamins or supplements that could help promote healing for your specific injury.
For example, if you have a bone on the mend, extra calcium is a good idea. BodyHealth’s PerfectAmino™ can be used to help support your body’s repair and healing. This all-natural supplement contains the eight essential amino acids in optimized proportions to deliver the highest possible percentage of nutritional benefits to facilitate healing, repair, and growth.*
Seasoned athletes are used to a busy schedule of training and competitions. When forced into down-time due to an injury, it is very easy to fall into a depressed state. Prevent this by maintaining a schedule during the healing process. If you are part of a team sport, continue to attend games. Invest the same energy in your recovery as you would if you were on the active roster. If you are an individual competitor, continue to get up with your alarm every day as normal and tackle those tasks around the home that you’ve been putting off—assuming you are physically able. View your recovery as nothing more than another conquerable obstacle.
Setting a realistic goal for an event or competition will help keep you focused and positive during your recovery. Make sure to set this goal within the expectations of your physician and trainer to make sure you aren’t setting yourself up for disappointment— or pushing yourself too soon. You can still train other non-physical factors that contribute to high performance, including discipline, focus, visualization, and studying the fundamentals of your athletic pursuit of choice.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
If you suffer chronic inflammation, chances are you’ve tried everything you could think of to make the pain go away.
The usual solutions people turn to include:
For most people, these solutions fail to provide consistent, long-term relief.
Medications provide short-term relief, special exercises help to some extent, but herbal remedies or supplements may not have worked as well as you hoped.
In today’s highly competitive economy, the new normal is for food manufacturers to use marketing ploys to make their products appear healthy – even when they aren’t.
Maltodextrin is one of the most common, hidden-in-plain-sight cons on the market today. It is glorified, processed sugar that masquerades as “carbs.”
It might sound unbelievable, but read the following quote from BellChem – a top US producer of maltodextrin:
“Maltodextrin is a complex carbohydrate that can be hundreds of sugar molecules in length, which is much larger than the simple carbohydrate arrangement of glucose. Many soft drinks and other flavored beverages contain maltodextrin in their formulas so that they can have a lower amount of sugar on their nutrition facts labels. On the nutrition label, maltodextrin is included under the “Total Carbohydrate” heading, instead of the “sugars” label.”
The Infantry Battalion that I am fortunate enough to command - 3-187 Infantry, the Iron Rakkasans - conducts an event each Spring called the Iron Warrior Challenge (IWC).
The IWC can be a single event or a series of events designed to test Soldiers physically and mentally. The purpose of this event is to link the currently serving Soldiers with those who previously served in the unit, and to remember those that have gone before us and all they endured in the service of our Great Nation. The event was started by GEN (retired) David Petraeus when he commanded the Iron Rakkasans in the early 90s, and has continued on ever since.