Recovery in Sports
It is important to follow some recovery strategy after exercise to minimize fatigue and injury and recovery physically and mentally for optimal training and performance. There are many recovery methods available to an athlete, with varying degrees of effectiveness.
Recovery from Exercise: Methods
- Cooling Down — By cooling down, you can help prevent injuries and muscle soreness from your exercise workout. See our tips on how and why you should perform a cool down after exercise.
- Stretching — Stretching exercises can be part of recovery cool-down process after exercise.
- Rest — One of the most effective thing you can do after cooling down is to rest the body, providing time for it to repair and replenish fuels.
- Ice Baths — Ice baths can reduce the symptoms of muscle soreness in the days after exercise.
- Massage Therapy — An example is the Exogun Massager which uses percussion therapy to boost muscle function and recovery.
- Nutritional Recovery — Replacing lost fuel and fluids after exercise can be very important in your recovery and preparation for the next time you compete.
- Exercise — Getting fitter can speed up your body's recovery from various kinds of injuries, diseases, and other things. Because by exercising your body becomes many times stronger than it was before, and can recover more quickly.
- Other Methods — electrical muscle stimulation, whole body vibration, compression garments, hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
- RESTQ-Sport questionnaire — measures stress and recovery rates in athletes using a questionnaire.
- Fitness tests assessing how well you recover from exercise.