Understanding Recovery

A wound healing model

by Dave Staplin

To understand and study the process of muscle recovery and repair, it is useful to develop a MODEL. Modeling the biochemical reactions to stress and the observed effects such as soreness allow for a better understanding of the events and TIME COURSE necessary for muscle recovery. Such a model comes from the study of the wound healing process; particularly the inflammatory reponse (7,9).

Whenever muscle cells are subjected to high intensity anaerobic training stress, damage occurs at the cellular level (1-4,7-9). The DEGREE of damage depends upon the degree of intensity–the higher the intensity, the greater the damage (2,4,5,7,9,10). It is the process of healing this damage which then makes the muscle cell larger and stronger(2,9).

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