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How Professional Athletes Bounce Back Fast After Injury: 5 Essential Tactics That Get Them Back In The Game

For professional athletes, an injury can be devastating. Not only because they can be very painful but also because they prevent them from playing the game that they both love and have dedicated their lives to. Indeed, an athlete with an injury risks their entire career! Of course, this means there is a real need for athletes to come back from injuries in a fast and effective way, something they use the tactics below to help them active. Read on to find out what they are. 

They up their protein intake 

Most people are well aware that protein is the building block that the body needs to build and repair muscle, so it makes sense for athletes looking to recover fast to up their intake. 

However, what many people aren’t so aware of is that while inactive their body actually needs more protein than normal. This is because the metabolism slows and more protein is required to maintain the muscle that is already there. Not to mention all the protein that will be put to use in the healing process. 

With that in mind, professional athletes always make sure they consume plenty of lean protein during the recovery period. Indeed, experts recommend 1g per pound of body mass during this stage. 

They get their head in the game

When it comes to professional athletes, the focus is often on their physical performance. However, it is important to remember that both when playing the game and when in recovery mental fitness is vital as well. 

Indeed, having the right mental approach is particularly important in recovery, because of the myriad of hurdles that pro-athletes face including pain, disappointment, guilt, exhaustion, and anxiety. Of course, that is why so many athletes credit their faster recovery not only to their regime but to fostering a positive mental attitude.

Although such an attitude isn’t only about pushing through and making progress, it’s also concerned with psychological flexibility and compassion for when things don’t quite go to plan as well. Indeed, in essence, it’s about being able to get back up again rather than never falling at all. 

They understand pain 

Professional athletes are very familiar with pain, indeed they regularly have to break through their own threshold to achieve success on the field. Of course, this understanding is very important when it comes to recovery. 

Although, at this point, it is necessary to point out that in this context there is a big difference between pain experience as soreness and sharp pains, the latter usually signifies that something is very wrong and any movement of the effective area should be stopped immediately. 

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Indeed, when it comes to recovery it is a mastery of soreness that is of value here. After all, post-recovery, when the body is moving again, there are likely to be uncomfortable sensations in the area that was injured. However, knowing the difference between this soreness and warning pain will allow the athlete to work the area without risking further injury, something that can put them straight back on the bench! 

They get that going slow at first, is the key to a fast recovery 

While the normal humans among us have the tendency to adjust the movement of the area we injure, professional athletes know the value of prioritizing natural motion. Indeed, an athlete’s recovery program will often avoid adjusting movements such as walking with a limp, and favor a slowed-down version of natural motion instead.

In essence, pro athletes rely on the proper technique when recovering even if it slows them down at first. The reason is that it lays the proper foundation for an effective recovery. 

They use supplements 

As we already know from the section above, the diet of pro-athletes plays an important role in their recovery. However, progress can be gained, not only by upping the amount of protein they consume but also by using supplements to help provide all the resources their bodies need to recover fully. 

Indeed, supplements tend to be a regular part of a pro athletes diet already, although, for those with an injury that currently has them sitting on the bench, there are several, in particular, to consider. 

The first of these is fish oil. Fish oil is an ideal supplement for recovery for three reasons. First of all, it contains long-chain omega-3 amino acids. These have been shown to reduce inflammation in the body, which is essential for anyone with an injury. Fish oils are also high in protein, which as we already know is vital for a successful and fast recovery. Finally, fish oils increase muscle protein synthesis. This means they make it easier for your body to create muscle after an injury. 

It is also worth noting that many pro athletes take in fish oils by eating oily fish such as salmon and mackerel. However, those that aren’t too keen on fish or that are watching their calorie intake choose to reap the benefits by taking fish oil capsules instead. 

Other popular supplements for pro-athletes looking to recover from an injury fast include creatine and SARMs. Both are organic compounds that help to boost the body’s ability to create muscle tissue. 

Creatine is available from supermarkets and pharmacists in powder form, while SARMs tend to be on offer from online retailers such as Umbrella Labs. For those unfamiliar with SARMs, you can read all about Umbrella Labs and the products they create, by clicking the link. Something that will help you to understand their role in the recovery process. 

They walk 

Professional athletes are used to running and training every day. However, after an injury, these activities may not be possible or recommended for a while, something that can create problems with fitness, mobility, and retaining muscle mass. 

That is why many such athletes turn to walking for help. Indeed, by doing at least some physical movement athletes send a powerful signal to their body and their brains that they intend to get back up to full capacity as soon as possible. 

Of course, there are numerous benefits that walking can provide as a form of exercise too including maintaining good circulation which is essential for just about any physical injury recovery there is. 

Written by Sami Jarjour

The Co-Founder of Sports ON Tap & Host of "Stuff That Matters w/ Sami Jarjour" Podcast & Co-Host of "Pod That: Two Brothers Talkin' Sports"

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