I was fortunate this past weekend to lecture at the Boulder Running Clinics with Vern Gambetta, Steve Magness, and Charlie Kern. Speaking with such an accomplished group forces you to raise your knowledge game. You have to be current with your research/background information and not be a minion to common trends just because they are common trends, especially if they logically don’t make sense (I’m looking at you: self-massage rollers). But the think tank conversations that occur with the other lecturers and clinic attendees at the social after the event is where the real learning occurs. It’s an opportunity to get on a soapbox with some very knowledgeable and respected peers to agree, disagree, and/or rant about so many commonly practiced misconceptions that go on in sports performance, recovery, and health care. The reality is, simple and straightforward tend to be the most accurate and efficient. This is especially true in injury rehab, where we’re always looking for the next cool modality that will “accelerate” are recovery. Cold lasers, bone stimulators, compression boots, self-massage rollers, herbal elixirs, cryosaunas, E-stim…..the list of fad and for the most part useless trends is endless! You’re better off being patient, giving the tissue a chance to calm down, then progressively re-loading it with advice from a qualified professional. Below is a list of keys for a successful rehab. It’s not sexy, but if followed appropriately, is usually the most effective at optimizing your recovery.
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