If you’ve ever suffered an acute injury or dealt with chronic pain then you’ve likely experienced frustration and uncertainty about how to help your recovery.
So what’s the alternative?
- Promote the production of growth hormone, which in turn will help speed up the healing process.
- Increase your heart rate and get your blood pumping, even at low intensities this will help reduce inflammation of the injured area.
- Allow you to focus on other areas of weakness i.e. an injured lower limb might be the perfect time to build and develop upper body and/or core strength.
- Elevate your mood and keep you feeling optimistic about the outcome of your injury.
- See strength gains in the injured (non trained) limb due to the cross-education effect. This recently understood phenomenon is where the untrained limb still receives strength adaptations following training of the opposite uninjured limb… that’s right, train the left leg and the right leg gets stronger too! The strength gains are neurally driven so the work needs to be of a high intensity i.e. heavy with low reps and adequate rest.
- Prevent the likelihood of picking up other injuries.
Mark Wilson ASCC
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