Have you recently tested positive for COVID? Here’s how you can safely return to exercise after recovery.
For active people who have recently recovered from COVID-19, what may be top of mind is the potential for short- and long-term health complications like myocarditis (inflammation of the heart). Although the prevalence of cardiac injuries are quite rare among an athletic population, current medical guidance suggests a conservative approach when returning to exercise as there is limited research regarding longer-term post-infection outcomes.
This study focused on two different ways to improve anterior leg rotation, which you may know as ankle flexibility (dorsiflexion). This action occurs when the shin bone (tibia) moves forward relative to the stationary foot on the ground. Sufficient anterior leg rotation is important for these muscles to do their jobs well. With restricted anterior leg rotation, energy absorption through the muscles is reduced, and more of the force absorbed when landing is transferred to other parts of the leg like ligaments and bone. This can lead to higher risk of injuries like patellar tendinopathy (Jumper’s knee) or even ACL
Training programs often emphasize large muscle groups through compound exercises like the bench press, lat pulldown and overhead press to focus on increasing strength and size. Smaller muscle groups around the shoulder complex that are needed for stabilization are often neglected, and imbalances in these areas can increase risk of impingement and instability.
Winners of most sports games tend to be decided by the small duels that repeat tirelessly throughout the game. Whether it is the face-off in basketball, a volleyball player blocking a spike, or a heading duel in soccer, jumping performance often is a deciding factor in who come out on top.
We all have good days and bad days. We’re never at our best all the time. As an athlete, you probably know better than most how much this is true. When you’re having a good day, you know it and you feel like there’s no limit to what you might be able to accomplish and when you have a bad day…. Well, that can be hard to talk about.