Over their careers, many athletes will experience sudden stoppages, due to unexpected injury. It is possible that many of these injuries could be prevented with appropriate nutrition and life habits tailored to meet the needs and physical demands we put on our bodies.
Tendinitis, bursitis, shin splints, torn ligaments, fractures, bruises, sprains (pulled muscles) or even cramps are the injuries that most often interfere with our workouts or daily activities.
Our diet must contain all the necessary nutrients to feed our cells on a consistent basis. The quality of our dietary intake is important to maintain a state of well-being or to assist in our rehabilitation when we fall victim to a small accident. This is even more critical during our rehabilitation period in order to regain the full use of our injured limb.
Following physical injury, a poor diet may increase the risks factor of the following conditions:
- Muscle loss
- Weight gain due to the decrease in physical activity, especially with medications such as corticosteroids
- Constipation, poor elimination, lymphatic congestion
- Increased healing time
- Long-term residual pain.
Making good nutritional choices and having key nutrients in sufficient quantity is important and the results of such choices can lead to a more complete and efficient healing process. After an injury, it is especially important to favor a diet that will provide essential nutrients that will form the structural basis for cell regeneration of muscle, bone and connective tissues.
With the help of a nutritional assessment, a simple daily adaptation in our nutrition habits can often make a big difference in promoting a remarkable recovery.
There is always time to modify our eating habits and adopt a diet that will meet the needs placed on our body by our physical activities.