High performance athletes share common goals to train as hard as possible to produce adaptation and performance benefits, to ensure recovery to enable them to remain healthy and injury free, to achieve a physique that is best suited to their sporting event and to perform at their best (peak) on their days of competition. In the past, most of the emphasis on achieving these goals was put on the actual training and practice but more recently, with increasing knowledge and advances in science and technology, there has been a shift towards at least an equal emphasis on nutrition and recovery to achieve these goals.
Although recognised most frequently as being a concern of elite athletes, nutrition and recovery practices should be part of everyone’s agenda, from recreational athletes to students studying for major exams to business people who are juggling their work life balance (imbalance) and trying to fit 36 hours of productivity into a 24 hour day.
Sometimes small changes to nutrition or recovery practices can make large changes to your productivity or athletic performance. A Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) Physician has specialised knowledge to help identify and modify factors relating to both your nutrition and your recovery processes that might be contributing to fatigue and under performance.
A consultation with a SEM physician can help identify areas in your nutrition and recovery practices that could be improved as well as helping you implement strategies to achieve these changes, leading to the benefits of improved productivity and performance.