The Recovery Lessons We Can Learn From Professional Athletes

Two focuses of my blog are Athletics/Sports and Health/Wellness. While most of us watch sports for entertainment, to unplug and in many instances to live vicariously through our favorite athletes and teams, there are many lessons we can gain from watching them as well. The following contributed post is entitled, The Recovery Lessons We Can Learn From Professional Athletes.

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What sets professional athletes apart from the average person?

Well, aside from the fact they are blessed with a wealth of ability, a key difference lies in how they prepare for their sports. We tend to focus on what they do during their performances, but what about the stuff that happens in between?

Primarily, professional athletes are far better at recovering from bouts of exercise than a normal human. This is why someone can play professional basketball on the weekend and be ready to go again within a couple of days. So, how do they manage this when it can take a regular person a few days to be ready to work out again following a gym session?

Part of it is down to repetition – the more an athlete trains and plays, the more their body adapts, making recovery easier. However, pro athletes also have a host of techniques and tricks up their sleeves that help them recover better and faster. By learning from the pros, you can also improve your recovery after workouts or bouts of exercise.

Ice baths

Ice baths have always been popular in the world of professional sports. These days, some athletes will use cryo chambers instead of the traditional ice bath, but the premise is the same. In essence, subjecting the muscles to extremely cold temperatures right after exercise will aid the recovery process. It can help with muscle recovery and tightness, causing better circulation in the area and easing soreness.

While pro athletes have special baths and chambers for this, you can replicate it at home in your bath. Just fill it with cold water and ice cubes – it might be better to use bags of ice and keep them closed, so you can re-freeze and re-use them. Alternatively, some people will fill a clean wheelie bin with water and ice, standing in it that way.

CBD products

A growing trend in professional sports is to use various CBD products to aid recovery. CBD is a cannabinoid from the hemp plant that has recently been cleared for use in the professional realm. Many athletes will use drops of pure CBD oil and either ingest it or rub it into their muscles. It’s believed that the properties of CBD allow for greater muscle relaxation and aid the recovery process by reducing inflammation and preventing soreness.

Plenty of pro athletes are using these products as they’re a great way to speed the recovery process without making many drastic changes. The soothing nature of CBD could help people feel more relaxed after exercise as well, and has been shown to aid in sleeping too, which will further improve recovery.

Professional athletes will also follow strict routines after performances that will make them better at recovering. This includes the normal stuff like stretching and foam rolling the muscles, often with massages from physical therapists. If you take all of this into account, you can start recovering like the pros. This will mean shorter recovery times between bouts of exercise, letting to work out more frequently and with less soreness.

The Big R Word: Recovery

The first principle of my blog is Creating Ecosystems of Success, and two of its key focuses are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. Most businesses initially fail, which can permanently break the will of my individuals. For those with stronger resolve, how does one recover? The following contributed post is entitled, The Big R Word: Recovery.

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Recovery comes from the Anglo-French 12th-century word, recoverie, which literally means return to health. Originally, recovering is the act of experiencing improvement through a path of health troubles. In other words, you have to get bad first before you can finally get better.
In the business world, while you can metaphorically talk about the health of the company, recovery focuses on the processes in place to deal with dramatic and destructive issues that affect the normal workflow. Where the medical environment offers dedicated cure and treatment to start the recovery process, businesses don’t have any magical pill that can erase costly mishaps. As a result, recovering from a business crisis is a painful process that needs to consider matters of liability, compensation, reconstruction strategy.

Recovery truck

When it’s your fault
One of the most dreaded situations for business owners is to handle faults that have been caused as a result of malpractice, inattention, or even lack of safety on their end. Nobody likes to make mistakes, mainly because the consequences can be heavy. A car accident caused by a faulty engine, for instance, can affect the brand, the revenues, and market penetration. It’s important to approach the situation as quickly as possible to provide the best response. Additionally, you want to find partners to help you avoid further issues; such as a fleet management company that can service your trucks, or an IT security agency that keep your data secure. Acknowledging the fault is the first step towards your recovery, then you need to introduce preventive measures.

When it’s somebody else’s fault
With cyber crimes on the rise, and especially hacking and other unauthorized data access, it would be unfair to constantly put the blame on the company for a data breach situation. Despite extensive preventive measures, businesses can still be targeted by experienced hackers. As a result, it’s important to understand that your customers are more likely to be understanding if the company has a strict IT security policy. Nevertheless, the recovery process is going to affect your brand image. You need to tackle data loss and network breaches as quickly and effectively as possible. Furthermore, running regular security audits – even with a security solution in place – can avoid expensive issues.

When it’s nobody’s fault
Business owners can only control so much. A disaster that takes the company by surprise requires a dedicated disaster recovery protocol. Indeed, market analysis and reports can highlight the most common crisis situation in your industry sector and your area, from business fires to flooding. Using the information, you can take preventive measures to protect your company, such as dedicated insurance cover for instance. Your DRP can kick into action as soon as the business starts the recovery process, ensuring that you have access to the expertise and funding you need.

At the core of the recovery process, your company needs to focus on maintaining a transparent and open line of communication with members of the staff and customers. Indeed, the crisis is likely to affect both employees and buyers; consequently, it’s crucial to keep them informed as you bring your business back to health.