Natural Pain Remedies

You could pop a couple of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to reduce the pain and soreness that can be associated with exercise, or you could eat some sweet potatoes, oranges, strawberries, ginger, and pineapple, for example. Each of these foods (and there are many others) has natural anti-inflammatory properties and can actually help to strengthen… Read More

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Exercise & Recovery: Getting it Right

Introduction Sufficient rest and recovery is an important element of exercise and training that can ensure that your clients reap the desired adaptations from their training programmes. This brief article outlines how to monitor fatigue, assess recovery needs and the best recovery techniques to put in place. Regular, progressive, and challenging training is essential for clients to make improvements… Read More

What are the Effects of an Elastic Hamstring Assistance Device During Downhill Running?

Research Paper Title Effects of an Elastic Hamstring Assistance Device During Downhill Running. Background The purpose of this study was to determine the appropriateness of using an elastic hamstring assistance device to reduce perceived levels of soreness, increase isometric strength, increase passive range of motion, and decrease biomarkers of muscle damage after eccentric exercise, specifically,… Read More

What are the Effects of a Combined Protein & Antioxidant Supplement on Recovery of Muscle Function & Soreness following Eccentric Exercise?

Research Paper Title Effects of a combined protein and antioxidant supplement on recovery of muscle function and soreness following eccentric exercise Background An acute bout of eccentric contractions (ECC) cause muscle fiber damage, inflammation, impaired muscle function (MF) and muscle soreness (MS). Individually, protein (PRO) and antioxidant (AO) supplementation may improve some aspects of recovery… Read More

Nature & DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness)

“Pain exists to get an animal to change its behaviour. This functional account of pain may explain some ongoing mysteries, such as the cause of the muscle soreness that follows a day of intense exercise, which has eluded physiological explanation. The popular idea that it is due to the build-up of lactic acid has been discounted, as have other proposed theories. Body builders… Read More