An invaluable guide to help athletes maximize training gains by making the most of their recovery time.
Recovery—physical and mental—is a red-hot topic, and the worlds of sports, technology, and commerce have all taken note. But which practices and devices really make a difference in recovery, and which should be avoided? What will truly maximize performance?
In this second edition of The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery, endurance and recovery coach Sage Rountree, PhD, explains exactly how to get the most out of training by optimizing recovery time. She provides easy-to-follow and practical recovery tips that include:
Emphasizing the fundamentals of sleep, nutrition, and stress management, this second edition features up-to-date research that has emerged to support the importance of these basic recovery strategies and includes a much-needed, careful look at new devices on the market. Whether self-coached, coached, or team-sport athletes, The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery provides readers with an evidence-based approach to finding the right balance between stress and rest.
Sage Rountree, PhD, is a specialist in yoga for athletes, an endurance sports coach, a yoga teacher trainer at the highest level, and co-owner of the Carolina Yoga Company. She has worked extensively with many University of North Carolina athletic teams as a key recovery coach as well as with the Charlotte Hornets and other NBA and NFL players. She has coached athletes to peak performances in races from 5Ks to the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. Sage is the author of many books, including The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga, The Runner’s Guide to Yoga, and Racing Wisely. She has written for Runners World, Yoga Journal, USA Triathlon Life, and Endurance magazines, among others. For more information, visit sagerountree.com.
Part 1: Defining and Measuring Recovery
1 Why Recovery Matters
2 Avoiding Overtraining
3 Qualitative Measurements of Recovery
4 Quantitative Measurements of Recovery
5 Recovery from Injury and Illness
Part 2: Recovery Techniques
6 Active Recovery
7 Stress Reduction
9 Nutrition and Hydration
11 Cold and Heat
12 Home Technological Aids
13 Other Technological Aids
16 Restorative Yoga
17 Meditation and Breathing
Part 3: Recovery Protocols
18 Putting It Together
19 Recovery from Short-Distance Training and Racing
20 Recovery from Long-Distance Training and Racing
References and Further Reading
Sage Rountree has written the definitive guide to athletic recovery. There’s not an ounce of fluff in this important book. Every sentence has practical value for athletes seeking their full potential.
I’m no athlete and haven’t been for a lot of years, but rest is still hard for me. To “do nothing” goes against my nature. Here Sage makes the case and gives strategies for doing just that. Happy training! And happy recovery to you!
A must read! This book is an invaluable resource for athletes seeking cutting-edge recovery modalities to optimize performance.
In this 24/7, go-go world we live—and exercise—in, it’s crucial to be reminded of the importance of rest and recovery. With her deep well of wisdom as a coach, instructor, and athlete, Sage Rountree is the perfect person to guide us all on steps for putting recovery into action.
Athletes are a driven bunch and spend countless hours training to perfect their sport. All those hours count, but so too does the time invested in recovery, which is where the magic happens. In The Athlete's Guide to Recovery, Second Edition, Sage Rountree makes the case for why recovery is every bit as important as training. She also provides a guide on how to properly work recovery into your routine. Sage's essential second edition brings you all the latest research and recommendations to ensure you properly balance your training with recovery, all in the name of better performance and better health.
This is the book every athlete should have in their library. Through excellent research and reporting plus insights from her own personal and professional experiences, Sage Rountree invites us to reimagine recovery as an essential part of training and racing—and gives us actionable, accessible tips on how to make it part of our routines.