20 Apr Natural Approaches To Targeting Overuse Injuries From Motorsports
Motorsports are an exhilarating, fast-paced group of sports that attracts professional competitors and thrill-seeking enthusiasts alike. As with most sports, motorcycle and car racing are linked to various types of injuries. The most common motorsports injuries include overuse injuries of the hands, elbows, and wrists as the rider or driver engages in rapid and often strenuous maneuvers during the race. Pit crew members also frequently complain of elbow, back, and knee pain due to repetitive movements. A more serious injury due to a crash, for example, may cause head, extremity, or spinal injuries.
There are a number of ways to address injuries, soreness, and persistent discomfort following a motorsport event. Beneficial strategies include:
- Staying hydrated
- Maintaining proper nutrition
- The RICE strategy
- Applying topical creams for muscle soreness
Hydration Enhances Nutrient Transfer
The intense, rapid movements that motorsport athletes make during events can lead to microscopic tears in muscle tissue in addition to more apparent overuse injuries. Without proper management, the body can struggle to recover from these types of issues. An important factor that some athletes may not think about is the role that hydration plays in the natural recovery process . Sufficient water intake and optimal hydration support tissue rejuvenation and healthy inflammatory levels by promoting efficient nutrient transfer .
When tissue is damaged, blood circulation rises to boost the transfer of oxygen and other essential nutrients to the irritated site. If an athlete is dehydrated during this process, less oxygen will be delivered through the blood. This leads to slower rejuvenation and more extensive damage over time . Furthermore, if tissue damage or an abnormal inflammatory response is not addressed in a timely manner, it can increase the risk of additional complications. By ensuring that the body remains hydrated, the body can quickly begin to address post-activity soreness. Staying hydrated also helps athletes stay mentally agile and alert during motorsport events.
Proper Nutrition Boosts Rejuvenation
Optimal nutrition is another important factor for healthy inflammatory balance and tissue rejuvenation . This is because overuse injuries that often occur during or following motorsports lead to damaged tissue and abnormal inflammatory responses. These processes activate a heightened stress response in the body as well as a higher caloric (e.g., protein, carbohydrate) demand at the site of irritation .
More specifically, the body requires increased nutritional support in order for damaged tissue to rejuvenate quickly . Without proper nutrient intake, the body’s natural recovery processes following intense exertion are disrupted and a motorsport athlete may experience ongoing issues such as headaches, muscle cramps, soreness, or a loss of lean muscle mass . Mood disturbances and concentration problems may also develop and this can make it harder to get back in the game.
In the absence of a high protein and high caloric diet following a motorsport event or injury, the stress response that is activated may cause too many calories to be used for energy . This leads to the inadequate transfer of nutrients to the site of irritation. Therefore, maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet and increasing caloric intake if an injury occurs is critical for tissue rejuvenation and lean muscle mass support.
RICE Targets Post-Activity Soreness
RICE is an acronym for rest, ice, compression, and elevation — a strategy that helps the body overcome discomfort related to a muscle or tissue injury . Resting an injured area is important because this lowers the risk of causing additional tissue damage. Placing a cold (ice) compress on the irritated area also minimizes further damage, while elevating the affected region takes unnecessary pressure off of it, especially if the injured area is a joint . The RICE technique can be repeated for about 24 to 72 hours following an injury.
Applying an ice pack minimizes swelling, discomfort, muscle spasms, and soreness by slowing down circulation, but a heat pack — which helps boost blood flow toward the affected area — is also an important part of the rejuvenation process . Heightened blood flow not only delivers nutrients and oxygen to irritated tissue but also helps remove toxic waste from the injury site. The warmth also relaxes tense muscles, lessens soreness, and heightens flexibility. This means that it may be beneficial to alternate cold and hot applications, depending on the injury .
Active individuals, including motorsport athletes, tend to ignore discomfort that is caused by minor issues and may continue to engage in high-intensity activities. This is not safe as it can lead to further damage or long-term discomfort. Therefore, if any type of injury occurs, it is vital to rest the affected area for a short period and try natural approaches that minimize irritation due to unhealthy levels of inflammation.
Address Post-Activity Problems With Soothe CBD Cream
CBD or cannabidiol is a beneficial plant-based cannabinoid that is just one of the 480 components naturally found in the cannabis plant. CBD is a therapeutic cannabinoid that promotes revitalization by targeting problems associated with abnormal inflammatory responses . More specifically, CBD binds to specialized structures called receptors (e.g., cannabinoid-like receptors) that play a role in the way the nervous system processes and regulates pain [5-9]. Binding to these receptors also allows CBD to influence additional bodily processes that impact performance during motorsports .
Soothe CBD Cream contains a hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) isolate that is extracted from the stalk of hemp plants to ensure purity and unmatched potency. CBD was chosen as one of the key ingredients due to a growing body of studies pointing to its potential ability to target unhealthy levels of inflammation that often develop after strenuous activity, including competitive motorsports .
This benefit is achieved through CBD’s influence on proteins and enzymes involved with the body’s response to vigorous, forceful movements in addition to its interaction with CBD receptors [9-11]. More specifically, CBD use enhances calcium levels — which has been shown to potentially help address tissue damage and muscle spasms — while blocking the activity of harmful cells that penetrate and degrade muscle tissue . Additionally, CBD has potentially been shown to disrupt the production of destructive proteins that are linked to abnormal levels of inflammation [9, 12]. .
Another key ingredient in this innovative cream is beta-caryophyllene (BCP), which exerts similar benefits as CBD because it influences some of the same receptors as CBD . BCP shares another similarity with CBD as it is also a plant-based cannabinoid typically found in oregano, cinnamon, and black pepper . Due to its ability to bind to receptors that influence nervous system responses, BCP has potentially been shown to help balance inflammatory levels, target tissue irritation, and address anxiousness that is often associated with motorsport-related problems post-activity [13, 14].
Both CBD and BCP have been shown through research to potentially target post-activity muscle fatigue, general problems, and unhealthy inflammatory responses without causing psychoactive side effects [10, 14]. These properties make CBD and BCP beneficial alternatives to traditional approaches that are commonly recommended for various forms of support. Together, the topical application of CBD and BCP promote more rapid rejuvenation following motorsports — making Soothe CBD Cream an ideal choice.
Advanced Support From Additional Key Ingredients
Soothe CBD Cream contains additional ingredients such as aloe, shea butter, vitamin E, coconut, non-shark derived squalane, jojoba, and argan oil to ensure ongoing support for motorsport-related problems. Aloe and shea butter have antioxidant and inflammatory-balancing properties that promote the cleansing of destructive substances [15, 16]. Shea butter and aloe also help address redness from scratches or abrasions, leaving the skin more moisturized.
Vitamin, E, coconut, jojoba, and argan oil also provide antioxidant activity that combats harmful agents, but these nutrients have moisture-balancing properties that help lessen water loss from the skin and muscles . Proper moisture retention enhances nutrient transport. In addition, the combination of these natural ingredients targets skin tightness that often accompanies dry, itchy skin or scabs.
The carefully chosen ingredients are formulated with specialized transdermal transporters that draw each component of Soothe CBD Cream deep into underlying tissue. Once they reach the targeted site, the powerful ingredients promote revitalization by addressing abnormal levels of inflammation, and targeting destructive elements (e.g., harmful proteins, cells, toxins).
Overall, the blend of CBD and BCP with other natural ingredients creates a soothing topical cream that supports whole body rejuvenation after a strenuous motorsport event. When Soothe CBD Cream is used in combination with sustained hydration, proper nutrition, and the RICE technique, athletes can enjoy their favorite sport for years to come.
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