5 Ways to Keep Travel from Impacting Your Fitness Goals
Tips to keep travel from interfering with your fitness goals
We know that reaching for a six-pack instead of a protein shake, or that big ‘ole serving of fries instead of the roasted chicken, could interfere with our gains. And we know that our bodies need some extra TLC in the form of an Epsom salt bath, extra sleep, and a little bit of foam rolling after an especially hard training day or week in the gym.
Recovery and Athletic Longevity
What happens during recovery that requires more time?
Over the last decade, NBA players are enjoying longer successful careers, and this could be attributable to Trainers and Physical Therapists now being proactive instead of reactive — focusing on monitoring fatigue, reducing injuries, and recovery.
"The game is faster now, and more explosive athletes like basketball players need more recovery time because there's more muscle damage, so it's what players do between games — when they travel, when they train — that has the biggest impact."
Blood flow stimulation may amplify performance benefits of sleep
The psychological and physiological benefits
Once again, sleep is in the headlines as a critical component in sport performance recovery. It is a focus of Bulls director of sports performance, Chip Schaefer, who also utilizes several forms of monitoring tech to maximize performance.
Sleep has both a psychological and physiological benefit including alertness, immune function, metabolism, memory, and learning. Sleep plays a huge role in athletic recovery, alleviating muscle soreness, as well as controlling appetite hormones and blood glucose levels.
The Effects of Early Specialization for Young Athletes
The benefits of sport diversification
There is a huge pressure on kids and their families to choose their best sport earlier and earlier, in hopes that the extra time they dedicate to it will return to them more success, maybe even get them a college scholarship or professional payday. However, by specializing early, a young athlete misses out on the many benefits of Sport Diversification including, but not limited to: mental and physical fatigue reduction, overall athleticism, mental toughness, and injury reduction.
Performance Equals Potential Minus Interference
An interview with David Hamilton
"Performance equals potential minus interference" is the motto of David Hamilton, Assistant Athletic Director for Applied Health and Performance Science at Penn State University and previous Director of Performance Science with USA Field Hockey. The biggest and most obvious interference is injury which can be affected by a multitude of factors, namely fatigue and recovery, for which he has strong protocols for addressing.
Court's Corner LA Sports Medicine
An interview with Courtney Watson
As a huge proponent of Firefly, Courtney Watson, Head Athletic Trainer for the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks and founder of Court's Corner LA, strives to educate her athletes on the importance of recovery. That in order to improve their performance and longevity on the court, it is what they do and don't do off the court that has the biggest impact.
Catalyst 4 Fitness
As a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach, I work with my clients to establish and lead healthy lifestyle through proper fitness, nutrition, and rest and recovery. These components apply to everyone — regardless of their age, fitness level, or goals. My clients are both local and online so I rely on methods and products that are transferable from in-person relationships to internet-only relationships.