Nutrition/Hydration – this could be a subject for an entire series in itself. If you want optimal performance out of your system, then you have to fuel your system for optimal performance. As little as 1% dehydration results in a 10% decrease in performance, increased risk for migraines, and makes you more susceptible to injury. #1 indicator of hydration is the color and odor of your urine. Lack of proper nutrition increases your risk for a plethora of systemic diseases and is the number one influence on your performance and injury risk. The human body is a walking chemical reaction and if the chemical environment is not optimal, then you will have less than optimal performance. Back pain, lack of sleep, indigestion, lack of energy, feeling depressed, being overly anxious, and constantly getting injured can be directly related to lack of nutrition and dehydration.
Sleep – this one goes without saying but lack of sleep is one of the biggest influences on both mental health as well as overall health. REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is when the body heals. If you fail to get into REM or are in REM for short periods of time, this will have a direct impact on every aspect of health. For those that have a hard time sleeping, there are multiple things, supplements, and technologies out there today that can help you get into better sleep cycles. If you suspect this is something that is impacting your health, it is highly recommended to invest into a smart device (Apple watch, etc.) that allows you to track sleep cycles over a period of time. This helps to identify if you have a problem and more importantly can aid you in seeing strategies you deploy are truly helping or not.
Over the course of this series, we have talked about a lot of different aspects that can mitigate risk for injuries sustained when affecting an arrest. We hope this was helpful, but before we go, we will conclude this entire series by sharing about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) training and the impact that training has on reduction of musculoskeletal injuries in affecting an arrest. We will share a comprehensive study showing the impact on injuries as well as some other studies showing the impact on mental health. Intrigued? … Stay tuned.