Are You Overtraining for a "Big Game?"
Have you found yourself training too hard to make it to the “Big Game?” You may not be headed to Sochi, or even the playoffs, but whatever you have set as your next fitness goals, training safely will be a key to reaching them.
In the midst of training, it is important to push yourself to be better, but in any sport, there is always the risk of injury or overtraining. If this has ever happened to you, you are in good company. Athletes such as Lindsay Vonn, Galen Rupp, Mo Farah and Noelle Pikus-Pace face this risk daily.
The obstacle no one ever wants to face is an injury that could potentially interfere with a dream. For Vonn and Pikus-Pace, the unthinkable happened and they both found themselves working their way back from terrible injuries (ACL and meniscus, and broken leg respectively). Each of them used aquatic therapy during their rehabilitation to progress to activities they were not yet able to do on land. At up to 90% non-weight-bearing, activities such as walking, running, side-stepping, plyometric drills and many others become possible before they are able to be done on land. Getting active sooner in the water means an athlete can reap the benefits of the natural properties of water, along with the benefits of getting muscles and joints moving early in a safe environment. The hydrostatic pressure of water works to decrease swelling and increase circulation, water’s buoyancy removes up to 90% of a person’s body weight, and the warmth of the water loosens tight muscles and joints allowing for easier movements. With all of these forces in play, muscles regain their memory more quickly and cardiovascular endurance can be maintained even when full training has to be decreased.
Additionally, professional distance runners Galen Rupp and Mo Farah work hard at the Oregon Project to avoid stress injuries that can occur from such high mileage. One of the methods they use to avoid overtraining is running on the HydroWorx underwater treadmill to safely increase their weekly mileage. Rupp has avoided any major injuries throughout his career, in part, by using underwater running almost daily. By doing so, he has increased strength in his legs and feet as he pushes through the resistance of the water to continue running with his correct form.
If you find yourself coming back from injury or stressed from overtraining, try rehabilitation on an underwater treadmill to increase your morale, strengthen your muscles, maintain cardiovascular fitness and recover faster.
After a hard day of training and conditioning, recovery is a key component of getting your muscles ready for the next day’s work. Many professional athletes use contrast therapy in hot and cold plunge pools in order to enhance recovery by stimulating circulation and reducing inflammation. To learn more about the use of hot and cold water therapy for recovery and regeneration, download the tipsheet today>>
What is your “Big Game?”