Regenerative interventions in professional football

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Sport-Orthopadie - Sport-Traumatologie, 2014, 30 (2), pp. 112 - 118
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To alleviate acute fatigue after strenuous football training sessions or matches several potentially recovery-enhancing methods and tools are available: cooling/water immersion, sleep, nutrition, active recovery, massage, and other modalities. Although limited scientific evidence is available, there are indications for cooling by cold water immersion and appropriate nutrition to be effective, whereas theoretical reasons suggest the application of active recovery and sleep interventions (take care for sufficient quantity and quality of sleep, employing measures of sleep hygiene) could enhance the recovery process. Even in the absence of solid experimental evidence, the placebo effect of many methods might be worth using as long as relevant side effects can be ruled out. © 2014.
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