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Daniel DeBrocke is the chief content creator for Stacked Strength and is also a contributing writer for Breaking Muscle, T-Nation, EliteFTS, Bar Bend and several other publications. He's a strength and conditioning coach and primarily works with competitive strength athletes. Click here for full bio. Recovery and athletic performance is an important topic, and one that gets a fair bit of attention. However, information disseminated about recovery modalities often prioritize cumbersome methods with a poor return on investment. As is often the case the fundamentals take a back seat to elaborate strategies to improve athletic performance. When in reality optimization must start with and always prioritize the fundamentals. The objective of this article is to compile all relevant information on recovery and present a comprehensive analysis on the various strategies. From there we can develop a hierarchical structure to offer pragmatic recommendations for athletes to get the most out of their training and recovery and avoid prioritizing variables that generate a small magnitude of effect.  TABLE OF CONTENTS: The Role Of Sleep In Athletic Performance The Role Of Nutrition In Recovery And Athletic Performance Stress Management, Recovery And Athletic Performance Effective Program Design On Recovery And Athletic Performance The Effect Of NSAID’s On Athletic Performance The Effect Of Massage And Cupping On Recovery And Athletic Performance Effects Of Foam Rolling On Recovery And Athletic Performance Effects Of Heat And Cold Therapy On Recovery And Athletic Performance Effects Of Creatine On Recovery And Athletic Performance Effects Of VitaminSupplementation On Recovery And Athletic Performance Closing Comments References Recovery and athletic performance is an important topic, and one that gets a fair bit of attention. However, information disseminated about recovery modalities often prioritize cumbersome methods with a poor return on investment. As is often the case the fundamentals take a back seat to elaborate strategies to improve athletic performance. When in reality optimization must start with and always...

Daniel DeBrocke is the chief content creator for Stacked Strength and is also a contributing writer for Breaking Muscle, T-Nation, EliteFTS, Bar Bend and several other publications. He's a strength and conditioning coach and primarily works with competitive strength athletes. Click here for full bio. Low back pain (LBP) is a widespread phenomena that is estimated to effect roughly 85% of individuals at some point in their life (1). In fact, globally LBP is the leading cause of disability (2). Considering the prevalence of LBP it’s important to gain a better understanding of the complex mechanisms and potential avenues for successful treatment and prevention. This article is neither diagnostic or a recommendation for treatment protocol. It’s simply here to inform you on the various intricacies of the subject so when you seek out professional help from a qualified physical therapist (which is the course of action I recommend) you are better equipped to be an active participant in your own treatment.Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is defined as pain persisting for twelve weeks or longer (3). CLBP accounts for roughly 20% of LBP instances, but in up to 90% of these cases clinicians are unable to identify the cause, so CLBP is labeled as non-specific CLBP (4). A review conducted by Bart W. Koes and colleagues on the clinical guidelines for the management of non-specific low back pain in primary care found the primary treatment modalities were education, medication, exercise, manipulation, bed rest, and referral to a specialist (5).Treatment protocols were categorized based on country, and as the results demonstrate, prescriptions were rather varied (See Reference Table Here). LBP appears to be more prevalent in woman than men, with a heightened sensitivity to pain documented in women due to biological, psychological and environmental factors (6)(7). CLBP is also influenced by genetics...