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Performance Recovery

The AIS Performance Recovery discipline was established to provide expert scientific advice on post-exercise fatigue and recovery physiology. Recovery after training and competition allows athletes to return to their normal physiological and psychological state as rapidly as possible. This is employed so that performance in their next competition or training session will not be unduly compromised by muscle soreness and/or fatigue. There is now increasing scientific evidence supporting the benefits of recovery to enhance exercise performance in a number of domains.

There are a number of ways to enhance recovery including:

  • Sleep and rest
  • Nutrition
  • Periodisation
  • Warm-down
  • Stretching
  • Massage
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Compression garments
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Travel strategies

The AIS Performance Recovery discipline works with a wide range of sports throughout Australia, and in conjunction with other service providers to perform the following roles:

  • Education of athletes and coaches on fatigue and recovery practices and physiology.
  • Conducting recovery sessions.
  • Developing team travel protocols.
  • Monitoring athletes sleep.
  • Monitoring athletes training loads and responses to training.
  • Supplying teams and athletes with recovery equipment.
  • Developing recovery facilities through advice on design and operation.
  • Undertaking applied fatigue and recovery research.

Applied research into the effects of recovery techniques on athletic performance and the physiological mechanisms involved are vital aspects of the AIS Performance Recovery discipline. This research is undertaken so athletes and coaches are provided with the best advice possible, and may be conducted through strong links with national and international experts, universities and companies.

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