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Meals Can Heal

Nutrition for injury recovery

As a result of the heavy training load undertaken by many rowers, injury is almost inevitable, and incapacity may lead to muscle wastage.

Nutrition can be used as a means of managing injury since eating the right food can speed recovery, while nutrient deficiency impedes the healing process. The distinct and predictable phases of soft tissue healing – inflammation, proliferation and remodelling – allow targeted nutritional interventions to influence injury recovery. All phases are energy-intensive and can increase demand, even by around 20% in cases of severe injury. Therefore, restricting energy intake during inactivity may be appropriate, but over-restriction will impede healing. A balance needs to be struck. Carbohydrate intake should reflect activity level, being reduced during inactivity.

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