recovery

In order for teams to perform optimally, it is important to focus on optimal and consistent pre and post game nutrition. In the United Kingdom, most professional football (soccer) teams have a Team Dietitian that is able to monitor fuel intake and logistics both at home and on the road. Unfortunately, in Canada this is not yet the standard. SportMedBC Dietitian Dana Lis is working closely with the Whitecaps Medical Support Team and coaches to provide this knowledge, and work to get systems in place so that the players are training, playing and recovering optimally. It is important for players...
Taking time off from running when you are in the Sun Run training program is not the easiest thing to do. There is the focus, the guilt and the commitment to your running buddies. However there is also no need to be a slave to the plan. Expect the plan to change and allow for some flexibility when "the fatigue factor" starts to set in. Not all bodies are built the same and our bodies need time to recover from the physical stress of running. The principle behind training in any sport is to improve your performance level and this comes mostly through the recovery periods. The simple explanation...
Posture and economical use of energy are two key elements in training for the Vancouver Sun Run and running in the race. Conserving energy on a hill climb is smart. Ultra Marathon Instructor and Endurance Coach Lisa Smith-Batchen, explains that men, instinctively hammer it up the hills and are badly sucking air when they get to the top. Whereas women don't as they are built differently and adjust to suit their body form. In other words, fly-and-die guys run on brawn, while women run on brains. To conserve energy on a torturous hill climb, gear down to a power walk when you start breathing...
Polar Bear Swimmers are not the only ones that enjoy an occasional Ice Bath. Many athletes that I have worked with have also discovered the benefits of the icy plunge. Pro Beach Volleyball Players and Marathon Runners have been asked to go stand in the ocean for a few minutes. Other athletes, who are further away from the beach, pick up a few bags of ice to add to the cold water in their bath tub. Cold water flows out of the tap at 10 degrees Celsius, while the sea can vary in temperature given the time of year. The difference is that the sea water is always moving keeping it at a constant...
Are you feeling a bit sluggish after your runs and walks? Tired, achy and sore the next day? Still feeling your muscles when you go to do your next workout? Your body may be in need of some extra recovery. Rest and recovery are an equally important component of your program as the actual runs and walks. If your body is not fully recovered after a run, and before you go into your next one, you may be putting yourself at risk for injury. Some useful recovery tips: 1. Don't skip your post-run cool down and stretch. Our muscles tend to shorten and get tight following a run. It's important to...