As climbers we spend a lot of time talking about and really obsessing over everything that could possibly give us an edge. However, while we are really concerned with details like how many sets we should be doing on the campus board, we often ignore the nagging injuries, general discomfort, and pain hard climbing and training inflicts on our bodies. While it would definitely be nice to get a massage and a bunch of body work done after all your training sessions, this is not the most cost effective solution.
“If you have the money to spend on expensive body-work treatments, go for it. However, I think it’s even better (and cheaper) to learn how to treat yourself. And with just a few essential recovery tools, and a bit of knowledge about how to use them effectively, you will be able to do a lot more for yourself in terms of increasing your mobility, recovering from old injuries, and preventing future ones from literally popping up.” – Andrew Bisharat
To help you learn how to perform this type of self-care, Andrew Bisharat published an article on his site Evening Sends where he describes his five favorite recovery tools and how he uses them. The five Andrew suggests and describes using are:
- A stick
- Two balls
- Foam roller
- ArmAid or an R8 Roll Recovery
- Voodoo Floss Bands
There are a host of other tools out there that can be used for this kind of self treatment. The important point is not the exact tools you are using, but rather having the knowledge to use them effectively and the discipline to do so consistently. Andrew’s article is a great place to start. Check it out!
Click Here: 5 Recovery Tools Every Climber Should Have
(photo courtesy of eveningsends.com)
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