Rehabilitation is not new to Marcus Lattimore and neither is hard work. For what appeared to be an injury that would take a young career there is a lot of promise ahead for the young gamecocks running back. Lattimore returned this year from a knee injury that he sustained last season. He was building a very strong campaign for the gamecocks as the leading ball carrier and pass catching threat for the backfield. Then in the second quarter of South Carolina’s game against Tennessee on Saturday, October 27, 2012 Lattimore fell to a devastating knee injury. What appeared to be a career ending dislocated knee could be an injury Lattimore returns from. Marcus Lattimore suffered a significant impact to the front of his right knee. The ensuing hyper extension of the knee resulted in injury to several ligaments. There were no fractures or additional injuries according to the team physician Dr. Jeffrey Guy. Lattimore’s surgically repaired left knee was on injured going to play.
So the question is what can at least learn from Lattimore’s experience? We know in football, basketball and all sports there is risk for injury. It’s always sad to see any of athlete let alone a big time performer like Lattimore fall to injury. Here some MAJOR important points I believe all athletes can learn from this young athlete’s experience.
1. Athletes Should should possess knowledge to prevent and heal injuries through proper diet and Supplement Program.
Getting injured is one of the most difficult and frustrating things in an athlete’s life. The best way to stop injuries is to of course, prevent them. However in Some cases like Lattimore’s devastating knee injury it’s impossible to prevent but there are proactive measures athletes can take while they are healthy that can help strengthen and quicken their recovery and healing process. An athlete’s diet makes a HUGE difference in the recovery and healing process. Feeding and fueling the body will help to strengthen and maintain the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bone in the best and strongest condition possible. Giving your body the nutrition it needs plays a direct role in enhancing performance, preventing injury/sickness, strengthening and speeding up your recovery process. In contrast, a diet high in refined sugars, starches, and poor quality protein will increase inflammation and lead to a higher likelihood of injury.
So What’s the optimal diet for an athlete or high performer? Most importantly athletes should be sure they are getting high quality, adequate amounts of protein. Healthy abundant protein helps to make and repair muscle, strengthen bones and tendons, and allow for proper function of cells.
The best protein sources are grass fed meats which are full of muscle building conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), anti-inflammatory omega 3 fats, and muscle building zinc and iron. Other good sources of protein are wild caught fatty fish, free range poultry, and organic eggs. – Omega 3 Fats – provide plenty of fuel for energy and anti-inflammatory properties to heal and protect the damage that hard training wreaks on the body.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid(CLA) helps to provide the fuel the body needs to power through a demanding practice. Antioxidants are extremely important to the athlete.
Exercise, especially intense exercise produces large amounts of free radicals which lead to damage and breakdown of tissue within the body. Eating a large variety of brightly colored fresh, organic fruit and vegetables will go a long way to help supply the body with large amounts of antioxidants. Go raw! Raw fruits and vegetables are not only powerhouses of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals; they also contain massive amounts of enzymes. Enzymes are proven healers of damaged tissue.
The best diet is at least fifty percent raw to prevent and heal injuries. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant and will play a role in the blocking of the damage due to free radicals in the body. Because this vitamin is so important for the repair of the connective and cartilage tissue, it is helpful to add extra to your diet when injured.
Athletes should eat foods that are high in vitamin C such as red peppers, papaya, cantaloupe, kale, oranges and broccoli. Vitamin C is a key ingredient to rebuilding collagen, connective tissue and repairing damage in the body. It is also important to promote the healthy maintenance of cartilage and bones as well as teeth.
Vitamin A is also important because of its rebuilding properties. Its main function in the body is to make new white blood cells to help fight off infection. A higher intake of vitamin A will also help repair any microtears that occurred in the body after a hard workout so it is definitely a valuable tool for any runner, cyclist or weight lifter.
By: Catherine Ebeling, RN, BSN)
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