Undetected injury or illness can dramatically impact upon an athlete’s performance
A premature return to vigorous training can create a more serious condition
Providing access to regular analytical diagnostic assessment of your body’s chemistry, through regular blood screening, can help identify undetected injuries or illness at the earliest stages.
Therefore by enabling the necessary treatment to be applied sooner, proactively and before physical symptoms manifest, it contributes to a speedier recovery. This same quantifiable process can provide evidence to prevent a premature return to training and even identify the early symptoms of over training.
Identifying potential injury risks and illness management
If you play a contact sport, regularly work out in the gym, or do any activity that places stress on your joints, the chances are you’ll pick up an injury at some point.
Injury can affect your bones, muscles, joints or the connective tissues that hold them together – the tendons and ligaments. Most of the time the cause of your injury can be established and a recurrence prevented, so it needn’t stop your fitness programme for long. But it’s vital you don’t ignore injuries and simply ‘soldier on’ as this can make them much worse and leave you with a chronic condition that’s far harder to treat.
Injuries are a common occurrence in professional sports and most teams have a staff of Athletic Trainers and close connections to the medical community. Controversy has arisen at times when teams have made decisions that could threaten an athlete’s long-term health for short term gain.
The commonest causes of injury in athletes are traumatic injuries. These are usually the result of impact and collisions, and typically occur suddenly, so generally there’s not much you can do to prevent them. Other injuries occur over time, and as a result of identifiable problems, and so are preventable in many cases.
The difficulty is if you are an athlete or deal with professional athletes, recovery can become a subjective measurement rather than an objective statement of health.
Routine blood tests can provide an analytical report quantifying an athlete’s baseline blood pH. If it is out of their normal range, getting it back into the optimal range can be addressed proactively before further serious symptoms manifest.