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RECOVERY POSITIONS

WHY TAKE YOUR INJURY RECOVERY LYING DOWN? RESEARCH SHOWS THAT IN ORDER TO REGAIN BOTH YOUR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STRENGTH FASTER YOU NEED TO KEEP ON YOUR FEET

INJURY REHAB

When injured, a runner’s ‘I’ve got to remain active’ mindset is not unique among athletes. The physios, doctors and running repair specialists even agree that it pays to keep blood, body and mind circulating as much as possible during a lay off. “Non-impact exercises are great for rehabilitation,” suggests Peter Dipple, MSMA Soft Tissue Therapist. “It offloads the injured area whilst enabling you to maintain fitness, build muscle, increase flexibility, burn calories and promote blood flow which helps speeds up recovery.”

Dipple lists stationary cycling, deep water walking/running, swimming, rowing, Pilates, core workouts such as dead bugs and some forms of yoga as great non-impact exercises. “Just speak to a specialist to see which activity will best help you recover,” he adds. “Sports massages, foam rolling and stretches throughout your rehab will help with flexibility and mobility, take pressure off of injured and healthy muscles and reduce tightness and potential new injuries.”

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