Active Recovery: Are You Doing Enough?

What do professional football athletes, marathon runners, Olympic wrestlers, collegiate basketball athletes, high school volleyball athletes, and your everyday gym-goers have in common? None of them are immune to the stresses of exercise and daily life on their bodies. This means everyone from professional athletes to weekend warriors can be at risk for bodily injuries.

The reality is that some injuries occur simply from bad luck of time and place (auto accidents, slippery surfaces, etc.), but many types of chronic and overuse injuries, such as tendinitis and muscle strains, can result from a lack of balance between exercise volume and active recovery.

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All things satisfactory, including healthy sleep patterns and good nutrition, participation in active recovery methods tend to be omitted in people’s exercise lifestyles despite being a crucial factor in keeping the body moving well. Just as it’s important to brush and floss regularly to keep your teeth and gums healthy, active recovery following exercise is equally important to maintaining healthy movement! This can include, but not limited to, proper exercise warm-up and cool-down, foam rolling or similar self-massage approaches, and stretch techniques.