Getting injured while playing sports is no fun. One minute you’re training, competing, and giving it your all, and the next thing you know you’re debilitated and left feeling helpless. It can be discouraging to not be able to do what you want to do when it comes to exercise and fitness, but if you overexert yourself, you can compound the problem with added setbacks. Here are some key things to focus on for effective sports rehabilitation.
The 5 Pillars of Effective Sports Rehabilitation
1. Proper Sleep
Everything starts with a proper night’s rest. Sleep is the cornerstone of physical and mental health and something that gets overlooked far too often. Your body needs the proper amount of sleep, which can range between 7-9 hours depending on your age, to help your body recover. People tend to focus on diet and exercise, not realizing that proper sleep is just as important. When you sleep your brain releases hormones that promote healing.
2. Adequate Nutrition
Most people know the importance of a healthy diet but it’s especially important when recovering from injury. For one, you likely won’t be as active as you normally are and won’t be burning as many calories, so you need to avoid a surplus of empty calories. You also need to avoid excessive sugar and processed foods as these can cause inflammation which puts your body off-kilter and slows the healing process.
3. Sufficient Hydration
4. Avoid Stress
5. Get the Blood Flowing
Following the advice above is a step in the right direction but to accelerate the recovery process it’s always a good idea to talk to a professional. Call Andersonville Physical Therapy today to see how we can help get you back to your active self as soon as possible.