The parasympathetic nervous system is one of three divisions of the autonomic nervous system some called the “rest and digest” or “feed and breed” system. The parasympathetic nervous system conserves energy as it slows down the heart rate, increases intentional and gland activity and relaxes sphincter muscles in the gastrointestinal tract.

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Coaches and trainers look at Resting Heart Rate (RHR), Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and other physiological measures, as recovery from a systematic perspective, including all systems in the body. Catapult Sports is one of the biggest players in the sports performance / tracking software arena. Recovery of the muscular and nervous system and immune system in particular are crucial in helping athletes. Those that are injured, overtrained or have a compromised immune system will not be able to function at an optional level.

Activating the parasympathetic response allows the body to adapt and recover. This will help ensure muscle soreness and swelling diminishes quickly. “Yoga” and “Meditation” are two very powerful tools to help with recovery from exercise and lower the body’s mental stress response. Various types of mediation techniques: mindfulness mediation, breathing meditation, guided meditation, etc. Recovery included both minimizing physical, mental and emotional stress booting parasympathetic nervous system activation.