Rehabilitation for Acute Muscle Strains

early rehab for acute muscle strains

Rehabilitation for Acute Muscle Strains

Growing up I was involved with hockey, soccer and distance running, so I had my fair share of injuries, most of these were minor muscle strains. Whenever I was injured I was interested in the rehabilitation process and how I could speed up my recovery and return to play quickly.

A recent article published in the New England Journal of Medicine piqued my interest. This paper highlights the role of early rehabilitation for acute muscle strains, this study used a combination of loads including:
• Static stretching (Three times a day 30 seconds)
• Isometric exercises
• Dynamic resistance exercises
• Heavy slow resistance exercises

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