Action Ambrose

Action Ambrose

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Recovery Nutrition

After a hard work you need to get a significant amount of carbohydrates into your horse within 30 minutes to help replenish muscle glycogen.  There is tons of information on the internet.  I think is very important for your equine athlete.  I package up a mix in a 1 quart baggie and mark it as my "POST RIDE" mash.  I use this mash for training and for racing.

Copied from eHow...

    Maximizing Glycogen Storage

Muscles store energy in the form of glycogen.  One of the greatest benefits of preseason training is that athletes teach their bodies to store more glycogen in their muscles, ready for immediate use.  Muscle recovery nutrition involves making sure that these glycogen stores are fully loaded before subsequent workouts.
  1. Research has shown that the key to a fast recovery is to consume food and beverages that have a 4-to-1 carbohydrate-to-protein ratio within 30 minutes of a workout. This is when digestive enzymes are most active and blood flow is greatest. Athletes who make a conscious effort to refuel before they hit the showers will tend to store up to three times more glycogen than those who wait two or more hours.
  2. Hydration

  3. The body also requires adequate hydration to replenish muscle fluid. The average human body is two-thirds water; muscle is 75 percent water and blood is 95 percent water. Athletes need to determine their rate of sweat during exercise and maintain adequate hydration to prevent water loss of greater than 1 percent of body weight. Since 1 lb. of sweat is equal to 2 cups of fluid, an athlete should calculate fluid loss by measuring weight change during exercise and drink water accordingly. When urine is pale yellow in color it's a positive sign that fluid status is good!
  4. Rest

  5. Training too much, too fast in the absence of adequate rest can result in a fatigued workout, injury and illness as immunity wears thin. During sleep, the body releases growth hormones that help repair the damage caused by small muscle tears which occur during training. While the average adult needs seven to eight hours of rest, a recent study by Stanford University on basketball players showed that a little extra sleep actually boosts athletic performance. Their athletes demonstrated faster sprint times, increased accuracy in free throws, and improved mood during practice and games.
  6. Race Week

  7. Many people will complain of a slight weight gain and heaviness in their muscles during a taper. A taper is when athletes ease back on their workout sessions to give their muscles time to rest up before the big event. By reducing your activity level, muscle fibers complete any last minute repairs and fill completely with glycogen and water. The awkwardness feeling is a sign that muscles are rested and fully saturated.

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