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Sports

Sports Health

Strength training has become increasingly more important for athletes to help them prepare and compete at optimal level. Participating in sport at any level can strengthen muscles and bones, improve cardiovascular health, boost stamina and prevent injury.  Aerobic activity strengthens the cardiovascular system which includes the heart, lungs and blood vessels and helps the body’s muscles to use oxygen more effectively. Weight training improves balance and co-ordination, and strengthens and increases the amount of muscle mass.

Typically, you may experience fatigue along with mild muscle soreness . If you have sharp pain or sore, swollen joints, then you have overworked your muscles. Sports strength training can provide enormous benefits for your physical, mental and emotional health and includes:

  • Develops muscle strength

  • Develops strong bones and increases bone density

  • Reduces the risk of underlying diseases such as high blood pressure, osteoporosis, diabetes and heart disease

  • Prevents injury and maintains flexibility and balance

  • Speeds sports recovery when injuries do occur

  • Increases stamina which helps you not to feel fatigue

  • Boosts body image and self confidence

  • Controls body fat and helps you to maintain your body weight

  • Promotes a good night’s rest

  • Improves emotional wellbeing and reduces anxiety and depression

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    Natural and holistic treatments are a gentler alternative to relieve muscle pain and soreness as well as sports injury and joint conditions such as arthritis.

    Nutritionally to achieve  good muscle strength probably requires added protein before training exercise, carbohydrates to aid recovery afterwards and multivitamins/minerals to account for higher demand and greater loss through perspiration. Protein drinks without synthetic sweeteners like aspartame are suggested. Carbohydrates that include electrolytes can reduce lactic acid problems and restore muscle condition quickly. For fine tuning of muscle and stamina essential fatty acids are vital. Udo’s oil or other seed oil combinations are recommended with a preferred ratio of Omega 3:Omega 6 of 1:2. L-glutamine is often used to ensure muscle fibre repair. The PACE program of short intense bursts of a favoured exercise is a creditable way of improving body fat and other health parameters, whereas prolonged endurance training is more likely to lead to degenerative problems with joints. Supplements like glucosamine sulphate, and undenatured collagen can reduce these risks. The supplement Co-enzyme Q10 is used to increase stamina as it is consumed more raply and this affects cellular energy and it is also an anti-oxidant used to offset damage when tissues are under greater stress.

    Sports injuries are a common occurrence in professional sports as well as in leisure time sporting activities. Athletes and sports enthusiasts many times endure intense training programs in order to perform at an optimal level. The aim of treatment is to allow the injury to heal as quickly as possible with minimum consequences. Various types of injuries result from overusing a part of the body when participating in a certain activity. The most common type of sports injury is a soft tissue injury which includes sprains, strains, tears and bruises which affect muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. Many athletes ignore their sports injuries, and sometimes a slight muscle twinge can develop into a tear or ruptured ligament causing recurring injuries.

    There are many natural and holistic alternatives available for treating sport related injuries. Treatments such as herbal and homeopathic remedies provide a gentle alternative without the harmful side effects of allopathic medicine.