Last week I mentioned that I had an exciting announcement about a new book that was coming. And, well, here it is. No, it’s not the Women’s Book (which is nearing completion, I promise). Rather, it’s a fairly short (42 page) ebook I put together on the topic of Optimal Nutrition for Injury Recovery.
While this was always a topic I kind of kept semi-up to date upon, the impetus for writing an actual booklet on the topic was driven by two things.
The first was a massive injury I sustained in Februrary of this year where I broke my fibula and tore two ligaments in my lower leg, necessitating major surgery. I’m only 5 months through what will be a year recovery at this point but, hey, it’s an excuse to skip leg day.
The second was that, I couldn’t find a single book on the topic that had been written since 1994 or so.
Determined to optimize my own recovery, I was driven to delve into the research on the topic and figured I might as well write it up as a quick side project. Hey, I’ve got hospital bills to pay.
This is the result of that research. In it I examine the basics of muscle, tendon, ligament and bone along with the types of injuries that can occur to them (injuries to other tissues such as head trauma are not discussed). This leads into a discussion of various types of injuries and their consequences and I look briefly at the use of PRICES (Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation, Support) and anti-inflammatory drugs along with some of the controversy surrounding them.
Primarily the book focuses on how nutrition integrates with the various stages of the recovery process. This includes detailed discussions of inflammatory modulating compounds, calorie intake, macro (and briefly, micro nutrient intake). I also look at supporting supplements that may be useful either in general or for specific types of tissue injuries. There is also a brief (I mean brief) discussion of drugs that have been studied or may help the recovery processes. Did I mention that this is brief?
While not a book dedicated to the role of exercise and rehab, I do look a little bit at the issue, both in terms of early mobilization and active recovery. Primarily my focus is on how different aspects of nutrition integrate with activity since I cannot possibly lay out rehab progressions for every injury.
Finally I’ll show how it all fits together along with two hypothetical case studies. The first is just a plain-jane minor muscle pull and the second is my own recovery (still ongoing from my injury). I’ve provided selected references for those who want to delve deeper.
While I look at a little bit of the science, the book is primarily about application of the information. This is why it’s so short and got done so quickly: I didn’t blather on about topics nobody cares about for endless pages.
The book is only available in PDF or Kindle format, I see no point in a physical book for something this short. It’d be cheaper for you to print it out and binder it.