The Science of Physical Performance
After training and conditioning, many athletes experience muscle fatigue and an inability to return to peak performance. This can occur due to poor blood flow. Blood is the body’s universal means of transport through the circulatory system; oxygen, nutrients, hormones, and immune cells are all transported through our blood. As the blood provides oxygen and nutrients to the cells, the cells in turn transfer carbon dioxide and waste products away from the tissues via the veins and lymphatics.
When this process is impaired the body is unable to support muscular performance, causing you to feel sluggish, tired, and sore. This discomfort is a clue for your brain to say, “I need to rest” because the tissue is damaged. The key to achieving peak physical performance and muscle recovery is re-establishing homeostasis, or a state of balance and stability in your body.