An athlete’s well-being is absolutely crucial if he or she wants to train efficiently and achieve good results. It’s important to control your health, especially if your body is frequently working over the limit. There are many ways to see if your body is doing fine – regular check-ups, sports tracking, even stretching. We have listed a few of them below.
Start with blood testing
It’s simple as that – just go to the lab and get your blood tested. Even a basic test goes a long way. It can reveal many health issues such as inflammations in your body, which is a signal about possible injury or a disease. It can also show that you’re lacking certain nutrients, which is a signal to make changes to your diet.
See a cardiologist from time to time
High intensity effort requires intense work from your heart. When you’re pushing yourself during sprints and doing them increasingly faster, your whole body has to adapt to it, including your heart. As much as sports and activity in general can strengthen your heart, training sessions that are too intense can also cause problems, for example arrhythmia or AHS (Athletic Heart Syndrome). Minor heart problems are pretty common and nothing to worry about, but you should be under a doctor’s supervision in case they get worse.
Schedule regular meetings with your physiotherapist
There is a bad habit among athletes – they tend to visit physiotherapists only when something is already hurting them, but they don’t do regular check-ups to prevent injuries. A minor strain that you felt after the training can develop into something more serious if you don’t take care of it properly. Remember that your physiotherapist can tell you a lot more about your body than you can. A specialist can recognize fragile areas that you weren’t aware of. Pay your physiotherapist a visit even if you feel completely healthy. If you train regularly, there are many micro damages in your tissues which can turn into injuries if you continue training.
Control your body’s reaction during the training
What you do during your daily workouts has an effect on your body later. If you want to really understand it, you have to check your body’s health not only after the training, but also during. It’s easy to do when you use sports tracking. A small GPS device paired with a heart rate monitor provides a lot of useful information: distance covered, max speed, high and very high intensity effort, player load, sprints, accelerations and decelerations, and much more. Monitoring these statistics can instantly give you and your coach information about your current well-being. For example, take a look at you heart rate when you are sprinting, as well as your speed. Does it look normal or is it higher than usual? And how was that speed for you? All these are hints and raw data, but if you interpret them correctly, you can draw many conclusions about your condition. Some sports tracking systems give you information about possible injuries developing in the body, which is also a great indicator of your physical condition.
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