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Ice baths and training gains

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
Post-exercise cooling may slow down the body's repair processes.

Over the last few years, there's been lots of debate about the pros and cons of ice baths (and, more generally, of any technique that promises to speed up your post-workout recovery). The microscopic muscle damage and accompanying inflammation incurred by training, the thinking goes, is actually the stimulus that ... 

Cycling to recovery: Part 1

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Deputy Digital Editor Georgia was forced out of the Virgin Money London Marathon by injury earlier this year. Now, she’s taking up cycling, spinning and all things bike-related in a bid to get back running.

After four months of training, persistent ITB syndrome and two bouts of severe nerve pain in my feet, I was finally forced out of this year’s London Marathon with a risky ankle injury (a dysfunctional tibialis posterior muscle – yep, I’d never heard of it either). It didn’t just ...  ... 

Do you believe in compression socks?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
They work best if you expect them to, study finds.

It's impossible to run a double-blinded study of compression socks (and many other recovery techniques, like ice baths and massage) — you always know when you're "supposed" to benefit. One way to tease out the difference between psychological and "true" physiological gains is to ask the subjects in the study ... 

Long run fatigue

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
Can't stay awake after a long run? Perhaps you need to examine your sleep patterns.

Selena asks: After my long runs, I can barely stay awake. When I get home, I fall asleep for at least four hours. I am usually very sore and stiff when I do wake up, since I hadn't been moving. So my whole Saturday is ruined because all I want ... 

Runners encouraged to only 'drink when thirsty'

By Georgia Scarr on in Health
Listening to your body's cues can help avoid dangerous drops in blood sodium levels.

The urge to chug gallons of water on a hot run can be overwhelming but it's safest only to drink when you truly feel thirsty while exercising, according to a statement published in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. Overdrinking can lead to severe drops in blood sodium levels during exercise or ... 

Protein before bed builds muscle

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
A new study confirms that muscle growth is enhanced by a pre-sleep dose of protein.

Contrary to popular myth and wishful thinking, you can't build muscle just by eating a lot of protein. It is clear, though, that the combination of resistance training and protein is a powerful stimulus for muscle growth. Plus, studies in recent years have shown that the most effective way to ... 

Moderate beer intake 'has no ill effects' on post-running recovery

By Georgia Scarr on in Health
Drinking a moderate amount of beer in addition to water after running had no adverse effects on rehydration, according to the findings of a new study.

That post-run pint isn't anything to be ashamed of - a recent study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that moderate beer intake after running in hot conditions had no adverse effects on rehydration. The research, carried out at the University of Cadiz in Spain, had 16 ... 

Which antioxidants help and which hurt?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
A new review weighs the evidence on antioxidants for athletes.

Everyone knows that you should eat a healthy diet with plenty of vitamins in it. But what about pills with concentrated doses of antioxidants? The evidence there is much shakier, even though many athletes continue to turn to supplements in search of an edge. In the upcoming issue of the journal Continue ... 

How can I run with herniated discs?

By Jenny Hadfield on in Health
Once your doctor has given you the green light, you must build strength and listen to your body.

Belinda asks: I have been a runner for the past few years. A few weeks ago, my back and hip started to give me pain, so I went to my chiropractor and got an MRI. I have two confirmed herniated discs. I took a few weeks off of running, but ... 

Shin splints after a long break

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
What’s behind lower leg pain and how you can overcome it.

Corey asks: After a year-long running break, I’m back at it but experiencing crippling shin splints. I’ve tried changing shoes, exercises, slowing down, wrapping my shin, but nothing helps. Recently, I found that running on my toes or forefoot helps, but it seemed to transfer the pain to my calf ...  ... 

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