Kinesio taping, cryotherapy and compression clothing. These new prevention methods can actually help you improve your sports performance.
Over the last few years there has been plenty of scientific research in the world of sport – and swimming in particular – aimed at improving athletes’ performances. When we talk about performances, we are not just referring to racing and, hence, materials designed to make your swim technique more efficient, we are also talking about what happens just before and after races.
Recovery and injury prevention are two things that have really captured the attention of researchers, experts and athletes. There are plenty of techniques for helping athletes recover from prolonged exertion and prevent them from getting annoying injuries, such as stretching or massages. Alongside these more conventional methods, some new remedies have caught on over recent years, which speed up recovery and allow athletes regain fitness more quickly.
Let’s see what they are:
KINESIO TAPING METHOD
Kinesio taping is “a rehabilitation method designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while allowing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion”.
We are talking about strips of tape applied in an “X” or “Y” pattern along fatigued and/or injured muscles that activate receptors in the muscular-sensory system, thereby relieving pain and facilitating lymphatic drainage. Kinesio Taping can also retrain the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation, optimise performance, prevent injuries and stimulate good circulation. 1
Cryotherapy or cold therapy is a commonly used anti-inflammatory treatment that has minor, short-term benefits. This method was first used by Hippocrates, the father of medicine, who prescribed col-water treatment to relieve pain and inflammation. Over recent years, as published in the Emergency Medicine Journal and emedicine.medscape.com, cryotherapy has been used to treat inflammation and reduce muscular pain due to intense effort.
In the world of sports in particular, cryotherapy is a safe and easy method of treating injuries and helping fatigued muscles recover properly.
Last but not least in terms of importance, we have compression clothing designed to help during all three stages of training/racing:
arena’s range of compression clothing is specifically aimed at swimmers. Exclusively designed to work on the most critical areas of the body for swimmers, it reduces the risk of injury and allows the body to prepare more effectively for racing, also speeding up recovery after intense exertion.
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