zimpy27 wrote:The funniest thing is that things like massage and drawing heat out of the muscles are far more helpful to performance than drugs. You can actually direct the therapy to the area that needs it instead of having a systemic affect that alters function (side effects) in other areas.
I'd love to see some serious research on this...cause I'm calling BS. That said I'd also be shocked anyone isn't doing some level of this as a pro as well.
Well everyone does it to some degree but not as religiously as it should be done. Restoration is the key component to LeBrons success. He religiously looks after his restoration process with massage, lowering body temp, sleep. Those are the things that I think have set him apart from most other NBA players other than his genetic gifts.
There are certain ways you need to draw heat from muscles. Very specific ways and I'm not sure how well anyone on basketball teams understand these aspects of muscle physiology, you'd hope it'd be something commonly used but that is not for certain. In my experience, with specific knowledge you can have a lot of variance between what people know. The best things aren't often the commonly used things.
What's your level of knowledge of biology, physiology and biochemistry, I can pass you some articles on it but I can also tell you where to look. An enzyme called pyruvate kinase is an important component to glycolysis, it's heat sensitive to stop you from cooking your muscle proteins from too much heat generated from energy metabolism. If you remove the heat from the muscles then you don't have to shut down energy production.