The science of physical recovery is a relatively new area of investigation, but in the last several years, there has been a significant interest in research examining both the effects of recovery on performance and potential mechanisms of effect. Recovery is becoming increasingly important to the high-performing athlete in a bid to reduce fatigue and enhance performance, but has application to anyone participating in physical activity, or trying to get over chronic or acute injury.
During the process of recovery, the body rebuilds muscles, heals damage, re-balances hormones, and repairs the central nervous system. The process occurs in two states, Active Recovery and Passive Recovery.
Active Recovery is when the body is in motion and engaged in activity. Passive Recovery, occurs when the body is at rest and relaxed. Active recovery methods used by athletes include post workout light cycling, jogging, stretching and use of compression garments.
Passive recovery techniques are generally felt to have the most profound effect on recovery, given that passive recovery imposes fewer energy demands on the individual.
Some of the most effective passive recovery techniques utilized by athletes include:
1. Nutrition is increasingly recognized as a key component of optimal sporting performance, with both the science and practice of sports nutrition developing rapidly. Evidence supports that combining several dietary strategies will be of greater benefit than one strategy in isolation. These strategies include optimizing intakes of macronutrients, micronutrients, and fluids, including their composition and spacing throughout the day. The importance of individualized or personalized dietary advice is becoming increasingly important.
2. Sleep plays an important role in your physical health and recovery. For example, sleep is involved in healing and repairing your heart, blood vessels, muscles, and nervous system. Research shows that ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and obesity. Sleep not only helps support general growth and development, but the immune system relies on sleep to stay healthy and function at its highest level. Importantly, sleep affects how well we think, react, work, learn, and interact with others.
3. Floatation-REST Therapy is most unique because it simultaneously addresses physical and mental recovery needs. Findings of recent studies comparing control groups versus Floatation-REST group participants found that Floatation-REST:
- Decreased Stress.
- Decreased Pain (in Worst Pain Measures).
- Decreased anxiety.
- Decreased depression.
- Increased sleep quality.
- Increased optimism.
- Increased mindfulness.
Floatation-REST Therapy is quickly becoming a mainstay recovery strategy for elite professional athletes and is used by sports franchises and research-focused human performance laboratories.
We encourage you to visit MIZU Clinic + Float Center to experience the tremendous physical and mental recovery benefits of our protocoled Floatation-REST therapy.