What are the best recovery strategies for athletes?

In order to perform at your best as an athlete, it is important that recovery is incorporated into your training plan. Not leaving sufficient time to recover between training sessions or competitions could lead to poor performance.

In this post adapted from NSCA’s Essentials of Sport Science we explore different recovery strategies for athletes.

The Recovery Pyramid

The recovery pyramid outlines the main recovery strategies currently being used in high-performance sport. The recovery pyramid is built on the foundation of sleep, followed by nutrition and hydration. These three areas have the potential for the greatest impact on athletic performance. This foundation can then be built upon by incorporating other strategies such as hydrotherapy, compression, and massage, which have been the focus of less research attention. The top of the pyramid includes strategies based on minimal or no evidence and may be considered fads that are momentarily popular.

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