Whether a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, sports injuries can really get in the way of your fitness routine.
Sports injuries most often affect the soft tissues associated with proper functioning of the joints and general movement, including muscles, tendons, ligaments and cartilage and can include sprains, strains, dislocation or partial dislocation (subluxation), torn ligaments or tendons, bone fractures and repetitive stress injuries. The most common cause of sports injuries is a failure to warm up or cool down properly before or after exercise, structural abnormalities and weak connective tissues. Some injuries can become chronic, particularly repetitive stress injuries.
Dr Maday Labrador, who holds a PhD in Holistic Nutrition and is the VP for Education for the digestive enzyme company, Enzymedica, offers advice on overcoming it.
“To repair the capillaries and reduce bruising, swelling and pain, some type of anti-inflammatory medication is often recommended. However, as the desired effect is to reduce the amount of fibrin in the damaged capillary, improve circulation, and speed healing, this can be done very effectively with an enzyme supplement that contains multiple blends of protease,” she explained.
“Once in the bloodstream, protease digests the fibrin network and enhances blood flow. These same protease enzymes have been known to stimulate the cells that ingest foreign particles and debris and speed up elimination of the unwanted particles by way of the lymphatic system.”