7 Foods To Help Heal From A Sports Injury

Sports and injuries seem to be synonymous. Some of the greatest athletes have been beset by sports injuries and stopped in their tracks at one time or another during their sporting career.  

These include athletes such as; Dina Asher-Smith - The fastest woman in the world in 2018, Cristiano Ronaldo - A Portugese Footballer who has scored the most goals of all time in the European Cup and UEFA Champions League, Serena Williams - The greatest female tennis player of the open era, Michael Jordan -  The greatest male basketball player of all time and Tiger Woods - One of the most successful golfers of all time.

They had to take time out of their sport to recover and heal from various injuries and illnesses, in some cases operations and extensive rehabilitation were required so that they could compete successfully at their sport again.

Many of us who play sports at a high level or as a hobby have experienced injury and know the journey to recovery can be a slow and often painful process. Hopefully, in the long run, your body recovers to be better, fitter and sharper. We like to believe the benefits of sports and exercise far outweigh the risks, but occasionally injuries do happen as expressed by the NHS UK website.

There are a multitude of factors which play a role in helping with the injury recovery process, such as; cultivating the mental strength to help you recover, carrying out the necessary exercises/resting, having a great medical team advising and helping you, a support group and optimising your nutrition to fuel recovery.

Below we have listed the foods that might assist with helping with healing muscle injuries such as sprains and strains. We are not offering medical advice but an opinion. Please seek medical advice if necessary on how to deal with sprains and strains, the most common injuries that affect the muscles and ligaments.

Here are more seven food suggestions from the Healthline website and other sources that might aid your muscles and ligaments recovery.

1. Protein Rich Foods - meat, fish, poultry, tofu, beans, peas, nuts or seeds.
2. Fibre Rich Foods - fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains.
3. Fruits and Vegetables Rich in Vitamin C - red and yellow bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwi, broccoli, berries, tomatoes, mango and papaya.
4. Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids - fish, algae, walnuts, flaxseeds and chia seeds.
5. Zinc Rich Foods - meat, fish, shellfish, pulses, seeds, nuts and whole grains.
6. Vitamin D and Calcium-Rich Foods - dairy products, leafy greens, sardines, broccoli, okra, almonds, seaweed and calcium-fortified tofu and plant milks.
7. Magnesium Rich Food - Almonds, cashews, peanuts, potato skins, brown rice, kidney beans, black-eyed peas, lentils and milk.

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