One cannot overstate the importance the of nutrition, sleep, mental preparedness, and recovery on sports performance.
Sports training and the subsequent recovery requires appropriate nutrition and hydration. The caloric demands are higher in the athlete. Depending on the type of training the specific caloric needs may differ. For example, strength athletes may require more protein while the endurance athlete may require more carbohydrates.
At Comprehensive Sports Medicine we understand the importance of nutrition and have nutritionists in our network who contribute to the Comprehensive Sports Medicine approach.
Sleep in divided into REM and non-REM sleep. It is during non-REM sleep that deep sleep occurs. During deep sleep the body builds muscle and bone, repairs tissues, and strengthens the immune system.
Here is an excellent summary of the benefits of sleep on athletic performance.
Athletic training is critical in sports performance but as one reaches the higher levels of training the difference between good and great becomes more mental. Having the mental skills and toughness can go a long way to help you reach your goals.
The recent stories of Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka have brought attention to this matter. At Comprehensive Sports Medicine we recognize when these services may be of benefit to an athlete. Our referral network includes sports psychologists who contribute to the Comprehensive Sports Medicine approach.
Recovery from exercise is just as Important as the exercise. Exercise puts stress on the muscles and cardiovascular system. To reap the full benefit of exercise one must give the muscles and cardiovascular system an opportunity to recover. If the athlete does not recover properly then they are at risk of overtraining.
Signs of overtraining include increasing soreness, overuse injuries, decline in performance, fatigue, and elevated resting heart rate. At Comprehensive Sports Medicine we are well versed at recognizing overtraining.