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The Latest Breakthroughs Helping To Improve Athletes' Recovery Times

By Features Desk

Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

For an athlete, developing an injury can be devastating. Aside from the pain of the injury, the path to recovery can be tough, demoralizing and long. Athletes are affected by all sorts of injuries, and for many, an injury could end a career. The focus on getting back on the field as quickly and safely as possible is important, but what is being done to help this recovery?

Here are details of some of the latest breakthroughs helping to improve athletes’ recovery times, with some potential ground-breaking results.

Advanced, less-invasive diagnostic tools

Diagnosing and treating joint injuries can sometimes be a lengthy process, hindering recovery time. Arthroscopy is now commonly used to diagnose and treat injuries within the joint, using keyhole techniques that can reduce scarring, improve recovery time and provide more accurate treatment for patients. The latest arthroscopy techniques being trialled offer some fascinating insights into different treatment techniques, identifying what’s working and developing even more advanced methods of treating complex injuries.

Collagen peptides to improve runners’ recovery

Runners can suffer from various common injuries, including Achilles tendon injuries. The recovery process can be a long one, but research involving collagen peptides can help boost natural healing, while also helping patients to manage pain and discomfort.

Similar research involving pentadecapeptide BPC-157 has shown the potential enhancements in healing in injuries like Achilles tendon injuries. While more research needs to be done on these methods, they could be initial steps in developing some excellent supporting treatments to help athletes back on their feet sooner.

Tissue engineering

Initial surgeries involving tissue engineering offer some positive results that could be widely extended to cover larger-scale injuries. Tissue engineering involves transplanting healthy cartilage from one part of the body to another, benefiting the healing process. Current applications of tissue engineering for treating the larynx, nose, trachea, etc., but these developments could expand further into sporting injuries that could enhance healing in new ways.

Better injury detection

Technology has an important part to play in sport, especially when it comes to injury detection. There have been different studies involving the use of wearable detection clothing that can highlight an injury quickly, as well as detect potential injury based on potential impact and movement. This has been seen in baseball and other sports, and could be vital technology in football, where head injuries are common and sometimes severe. While it’s unlikely that these devices would be suitable to wear during games, it could prove useful off the pitch for improving performance.

Wearable technology

Staying on the subject of wearable technology, there is wearable technology being developed that will better monitor the health of athletes during training. For example, wearing different technology can help to detect when too much pressure is being put on joints, and provide different metrics that could improve performance. With the pressure on to keep athletes injury-free, this kind of technology could be vital for training and ensuring the best performance from athletes.

Radio frequency therapy

For many athletes, injuries can cause chronic pain, even after recovery. Some of the benefits of using radio frequency therapy is that it helps the body to heal itself without causing further damage to other tissue. The technology can help to provide long-lasting relief that can help get athletes back on the field and enjoying more effective healing. Many sports therapists are already offering the technology to help athletes manage their ongoing injuries.

Making post-workout soreness more bearable

Anyone who’s done a tough workout will know the misery that post-workout muscle soreness can cause. However, new technology involving compression devices can help soothe muscle soreness in the same way a massage or a foam roller could, but with faster and more effective results. The technology is already being used with people suffering from thrombosis and other conditions, but it could soon be rolled out to the wider public.

With technology affecting all aspects of life, it’s only right that it is used to ensure advances in healthcare too. In both professional and personal settings, the impact that technology can have on health is staggering. The potential impact of these innovations on athletes is huge, saving time and money and ensuring that athletes’ careers aren’t left stunted by an injury with a long recovery time. There are several technologies that are already improving the future of healthcare, while specific research around sports medicine and health is providing fantastic advances for the industry. What’s next for treating injuries in sports? It’s an exciting time to find out. Main picture: Serena Williams (courtesy of Wikipedia).

The Latest Breakthroughs Helping To Improve Athletes' Recovery Times

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