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Austin Sports Medicine: Post-Race Recovery Tips from Medicine in Motion
Date:2/5/2013

er’s body may not be prepared to run for awhile after a race, but most athletes want to keep moving. Try a low-impact sport like swimming or walking to keep up fitness while allowing the running muscles some healing time.

10. Get a massage. For muscle relief, visit a massage therapist. But wait a day or two after the race while the body starts the hard work of repairing itself from the run.

11. Use a foam roller. If a runner doesn’t want to or can’t see a massage therapist, a foam roller is a great alternative to massage tight spots on their own. Again, it’s best to wait a couple of days after the race so as not to create additional soreness for the body to deal with.

12. Rest. Sleep is essential for the recovery process. A runner may sleep a lot after a big race, but that’s perfectly normal. Remember to listen to the body and follow its lead.

13. Be proud. A pat on the back is highly recommended. Take pride in the amazing accomplishment. Runners train their bodies to their limits, so crossing the finish line is a very big deal.

14. Deal with emotions. Mild post-run depression often occurs among long distance runners. The body’s endorphins will take a hit after the race, so racers may find themselves coming down from a runner’s high. Find a new goal to focus on – whether it’s another race or a completely new challenge.

15. Reflect. If you plan to race again, it’s important to think back on the race and the training that led up to it. What worked well? What should be done differently next time?

Medicine in Motion (MIM) specializes in providing top quality sports medicine healthcare in Austin, Texas, for athletic individuals of all ages and levels. The doctors at MIM believe active bodies are healthy bodies, therefore it is the office's goal to keep patients energetic and fit. To that end, MIM provides treatment of injuries and illnesses, including the use of physical rehabilitation; promotes healthy l
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