Evidence for the benefits of many recovery practices is currently increasing and the mechanisms behind these improvements in performance are becoming clearer. One of the area’s most studies is the physiological changes that occur when undergoing hydrotherapy. However, considerable individual variation in responses to recovery strategies exists and is likely related to factors such as temperature, duration, frequency and timing of recovery sessions.
Accelerated and appropriate recovery can enable the athlete to continually train and perform at the highest level, and as such should be a critical element in any training and competition program. Understanding the physiological changes that occur with hydrotherapy can help guide the delivery of recovery in a practical setting when working with athletes and the general population.
The recording is of a webinar presented by ESSA on 18 July 2018.
Presented by Dr Shona Halson, PhD
Shona Halson is a senior physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport, where her role involves service provision, education and scientific research. She has a PhD in Exercise Physiology and has been involved in conducting research into the areas of recovery, fatigue, sleep and travel. She is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.
Shona was selected as the Director of the Australian Olympic Committee Recovery Centre for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the 2012 London Olympic Games and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and has authored several book chapters on sleep, fatigue and recovery.
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