THE NATIONAL ATHLETIC TRAINERS’ ASSOCIATION AND GATORADE DECLARE JULY 11 “NATIONAL RECOVERY DAY”
Professional Athletes and Athletic Trainers Emphasize Importance of Recovery for Peak Performance CHICAGO (July 11, 2012) –The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and The Gatorade Company have teamed up to declare today, July 11, 2012, a day when U.S. sports takes a break from competition, the first annual National Recovery Day. With high school athletes suffering two million injuries each year, National Recovery Day has been established to focus the attention of athletes on the importance of proper athletic recovery in order to continuously perform at their best.
The Gatorade Sports Science Institute recommends the following fueling guidelines for proper athletic recovery: 1. Studies show that consuming about 20g of protein as soon as possible following training or competition, can help enhance the muscle recovery process. 2. To speed up your body's muscle recovery between games or practices, consume approximately ½ g of carbohydrate/pound of body weight* when the next workout is less than eight hours away. 3. Drink 16-24 ounces of fluid with sodium for each pound of body weight lost during exercise following a workout or game.
Athletes are constantly on the move from one workout to the next, and proper recovery is essential not only for rebuilding muscle but for sustaining strength. The focus on postcompetition routines will be brought to the national stage leading up to and on National Recovery Day with professional athletes including the NY Yankees’ Derek Jeter, Washington Redskins’ Quarterback Robert Griffin III and Carolina Panthers’ Quarterback Cam Newton discussing how proper athletic recovery has allowed them to evolve as an athlete and achieve success in their respective professional sports careers. As part of National Recovery Day, NATA and Gatorade are asking athletes and athletic trainers nationwide to share their recovery tips on Gatorade’s Facebook and Twitter pages and NATA’s Facebook and Twitter pages. “How athletes treat their bodies is critical to their performance,” said incoming NATA President Jim Thornton, MA, ATC, PES, CES. “How they prepare and recover physically and how they fuel their bodies before, during and after training or competition all make a difference. We hope that National Recovery Day will serve as a reminder to athletes worldwide to do everything possible to set themselves up for athletic success.”
“We are pleased to team with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association on this effort to emphasize the importance of athletic recovery,” said Asker Jeukendrup, global senior director, Gatorade Sports Science Institute. “By combining our areas of expertise, we are working to ensure athletes are aware that recovering well is the key to coming back a stronger and better athlete.”