Performance through Recovery not DrugsMichael Gillan Ultra Marathon Recovery SpecialistCopyright 2008 Michael Gillan
While muscle injury and problem fixing needs to be able towork onthe muscles tohave any effect-Recovery requires workwith themto be effectiveWhy is this so?
Doing sport and subjecting them to extra stresses, the muscles are taut like the strings on aguitar or violinLike the strings, if they have too much tension placed on them, they can snap and they have tobe replaced-unfortunately it is not so easy to replace the muscles-and if they are damagedduring these early years of sport, then their career is over before it has startedTo use invasive work as normally used on already stressed muscles is going to put them indanger of being overloaded with too much tension being placed on the muscle insertions-thiscan create a situation similar to the guitar or violin strings
Muscles that are recovering do not need working
-they need working
-which opens up arange of options not available before that can be used to assist in recovery without putting themuscles at risk of injuryUltra athletes suffer from sore feet, sore legs, swollen ankles, stiffness, wasted muscles, musclecramps, tiredness, mental fatigue, restless legs, sore skin, night pains, muscle spasm, musclewastage, swollen ankles, hyperthermia, hypothermia, temper tantrums, vomiting, foodsensitivity, allergies, rashes, loss of judgement-and that is the good partI deal with these on a constant basis at the events I go to-not with the really medical stuff of course there are doctors on call for those, but with the muscular and muscle recovery thatcomes from the abuse they take on the track
Fatigued muscles and recovery
Whatever sport they are into all athletes have the same thing in common-how to recover fromtheir fatigued muscles quickly, without causing injuryThe quickest most effective way of doing this is simply to work the calf muscle pump so thatthe output of used blood equals the input of fresh blood into the musclesTo stop the muscles fatiguing, fresh oxygen and nutrient filled blood has to keep beingsupplied to the muscles-but when the muscles are fatigued they can’t work at facilitating orsupplying their own needs
The secret to leg recoveryThe calf muscle pump
The calf muscles act as the motor for a pump to take it from the feet back to the body againstgravity through the venous system where it is re-nourished and recirculated-but to be workingthey have to move.