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Too Much Pain May Limit Performance Improvement

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 10/30/2020 to Performance Tip Of The Week
Too Much Pain May Limit Performance Improvement

The association with pain and improved performance evolved from research in many laboratories showing that when muscles are stretched, they activate specific metabolic pathways responsible for building new and stronger muscle protein. In fact, after intense exercise, muscle remodeling, which ultimately leads to improved performance, takes place. Athletes have interpreted this research as "more is better". The more pain, the greater the improvement in performance through an increase in the size and strength of muscle cells.

COVID-19 Vaccine & Endurance Athletes

Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 10/9/2020 to Performance Tip Of The Week
COVID-19 Vaccine & Endurance Athletes
Endurance training confers a number of benefits, such as a stronger immune response, that could potentially decrease the severity of COVID-19. Sometime in 2021, probably in the second or third quarter, a COVID-19 vaccine should be available. A logical question for serious endurance athletes is whether they should take the vaccine. Will their training be negatively impacted? How will their body respond?

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