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Recovery

This blog will help you sleep better, ease pain, and feel refreshed and recharged.

Recovery

5 Postgame Recovery Strategies for Soccer

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What you do after a game is just as important as what you do before it. Your postgame activities and nutrition habits, if maximized, can help reduce aches and pains, speed recovery, and keep your body injury-free. Use the five tips below to recovery better.

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Tags: Recovery, Hydration, Protein, Carbohydrate, Soccer

Recovery

Relieve Soreness With Just a Tennis Ball

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Feeling tight after a workout? The culprit may be trigger points or “knots” in the muscles that cause stiffness and limit mobility. The solution: Loosen knots after you train with self-massage regeneration moves. While foam rolls are often used for big muscle groups, a simple tennis ball can do the trick by targeting hard-to-reach smaller areas of the body.

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Tags: Hip Flexors, Regeneration, Soreness, Trigger Points, Chest, Glutes

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5 Moves to Cool Down After a Workout

Get more out of your training by spending a few minutes at the end of every workout with Regeneration. A critical component to any training plan, Regeneration restores balance in your body, helping to relieve aches and pains while enhancing your body’s response to training. You’ll increase blood flow and work out the kinks in ailing muscles to speed up your body’s recovery process. Incorporate the movements below, courtesy of Athletes’ Performance physical therapist Anna Hartman, into your post-workout routine to make your workouts more effective and get ready for your next training session.

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Tags: Regeneration, Stretching, Flexibility, Soreness

Recovery

The Number One Thing You Can Do to Feel Better

Performance specialist Craig Friedman says that improving the quality of your sleep and getting more sleep will help you feel better and perform better. Use his tips to sleep better tonight.

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Tags: Rest, Sleep, Health

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What It’s Like to Survive a Near-Death Cycling Accident

How is it some athletes are able to survive horrific accidents, defying doctors and conventional medical wisdom? Author Michael Vitez explores that question in his book The Road Back: A Journey of Grace and Grit, which tells the story of Matt Miller. In November 2008, Miller was a 20-year-old student and triathlete at the University of Virginia when he collided on his bike with an oncoming Porsche along the Blue Ridge Parkway, smashing into the vehicle with his face.

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Tags: Triathlon, Injury, Rehabilitation, Race

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Q&A: When’s the Best Time for Regeneration?

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Q: Is it best to perform my regeneration moves immediately after my workout or can I do them later in the day?

A: The Regeneration component in Core Performance training programs is a series of exercises, but regeneration is also a lifestyle philosophy, a recognition that you need to plan ways to recover—mentally and physically—in all areas of your life.

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Tags: Q&A, Injury Prevention, Regeneration

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5 Recovery Secrets of Endurance Athletes

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When it comes to recovery strategies, endurance athletes are a notoriously stubborn bunch, preferring to push forward with tough workouts day after day. While such a work ethic is admirable, it’s impossible to go all-out all the time. You won’t train as effectively and you’ll likely break down with injuries and ailments. On the other hand, if you can focus on having high-quality rest and regeneration, you’ll be able to get more return on investment from every minute of your workout.

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Tags: Swimming, Rest, Energy System Development, Injury Prevention, Triathlon, Regeneration, Outdoor Recreation, Cycling, Running, Sleep

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Q&A: What's the Best Way to Care for a Blister?

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Q: Sometimes I get blisters on my feet. What can I do to treat them so I don’t have to stop running?

A: Blisters crop up when there’s friction between your skin and your shoe. They’re especially common among runners, but all types of athletes are susceptible. Here’s how to treat your blisters and return to training.

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Tags: Outdoor Recreation, Injury, Running, Q&A, Foot, Injury Prevention, Foot Pain

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5 Things to Do After Every Workout

Dave Cruz

At the end of a workout, there’s a tendency to want to head for the showers and rush back to the pressing issues of the day. But how you transition via a brief recovery period will determine how well your body repairs itself and responds in the coming days. That’s why Recovery is one of the four pillars of the Core Performance system, along with Mindset, Nutrition, and Movement. Use this simple checklist to kickstart your body’s recovery process—and get the most out of each workout.

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Tags: Attitude, Regeneration, Stretching, Training, Soreness, Planning, Shakes

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Q&A: Staying in Shape Despite Knee Injury

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Q: I tore my MCL playing football. Unfortunately, the only working out I can do is upper body strength training. Is it possible to do an aerobic workout without using my lower body?

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Tags: Cardio, Knee Pain, Rehabilitation, Conditioning, Knee, Energy System Development

Blogs

Movement

Mark Verstegen’s Hip-Strengthening Workout for Women

Train an often overlooked area with this mini-workout from Core Performance’s founder.

Live Better

Feeling Uninspired? Take a Walk

When you feel your creativity lacking, taking a walk can help you find inspiration, according to a small study from Stanford University researchers.

Nutrition

3 Steps to World Cup-Worthy Pregame Nutrition

Follow this three-step nutrition plan to improve your focus, boost energy, and power your performance

Well at Work

Survey: American Employees Skipping Vacation Days for Work

A new survey found that only 25 percent of employees with paid time off took advantage of it in 2013.

The Performance Life

5 Tips to Build Teamwork and Fun Through Obstacle Racing

Here's what you need to know about using obstacle races to build teamwork at work.