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The last thing any trainer or sports doctor wants to see are their athletes injured. Dr. Jeff Schutt says that hamstring injuries can be avoided through nutritional support because contraction and relaxation is dependent on adequate cellular levels of magnesium. “A shortened hamstring is a result of lack of available magnesium,” he says. Liquid magnesium chloride can be simply sprayed and rubbed into a sore Achilles tendon to decrease swelling. And soaking the feet in a magnesium chloride footbath is the single best thing – apart from stretching – that you can do for yourself to protect from or recover from hamstring and other injuries.

However, injury is an almost inevitable part of an athlete’s life. It may take the form of an acute ligament tear or be as mild as post-exercise muscle soreness. Either way, most sports related injuries can be prevented or alleviated. Every athlete gets injured from time to time; it’s part of the courage and discipline of athletes to endure and a challenge to their spirits to remain positive and optimistic about their return to full performance.  When an athlete gets injured they want top quality care that is at the leading edge of sports medicine.

Muscle stretching is a common injury in athletes mainly in soccer players and in runners. The injury is more common in the legs, basically is the rupture or partial rupture of the muscle which results in the removal of the athlete from the exercises from a long period depending of the level of the injury. This also causes pain, inflammation and the inability to contract the muscle.[i]

One study in 2013 examined the effects of 2-week administration of hydrogen on the biochemical markers of inflammation and functional recovery in male professional athletes after acute soft tissue injury. Differences were found for range-of-motion recovery when using hydrogen; oral and topical hydrogen intervention resulted in a faster return to normal joint range of motion for both flexion and extension of the injured limb as compared with the control intervention. The conclusion of the authors was that the addition of hydrogen to traditional treatment protocols is effective in the treatment of soft tissue injuries in male professional athletes.[ii]