CBD IN SPORTS
CBD in sports? Finally!
Oh the glamorous life of a professional athlete (take a moment to dream with me). They have it all; fame, money, and power! The day in the life of a professional athlete. Firstly, you wake up in the morning and have your personal chef make them a delicious nutritionally approved breakfast. Despite having your quiet uninterrupted breakfast, you move on to get hugs from your adoring family and stroll out to your five hundred thousand dollar sports car that drives itself while you enjoy the newest movie to theaters in your car. Following the moment to listen to the beautiful sound of the engine of this beast of a car, you speed down the highways passing the pedestrians and police officers as they split traffic to allow the great one to pass. You pull into the stadium of cheering fans and exit to a barrage of cameras flashing while screaming their love for you. At this point you walk into the locker room where your coach tells you how amazing you are. You sit on your recliner and have another chef bring you a buffet of your favorites for lunch for you to eat while you enjoy your time watching highlight reels of your last game, all of which are telling you how great you are. Finally it’s time to suit up and head out to the stadium of cheering fans and win your game. Following the crushing your opponent just took you take a luxurious bath that was prepared for you by your assistant. You hop back into your one of a kind sports car and head home to your adoring family, where your chef has prepared dinner. At the dinner table your family regales you with stories of how well you played in the game today and your prowess as a father/husband. Once all this is done you retire to you private quarters of the house and spend the rest of your evening being pampered by your loving spouse. Right? What is there to struggle about?
Sadly, no. This is not the life of a professional athlete. What a fun dream though!
The struggles of being a professional athlete; anxiety, depression, injury, pain, sleep, family, fans, rules and regulations, and everyday general life. Anxiety caused by the pressure to win, perform at your best at any given moment, the need to provide for loved ones, and be an athlete representative for their communities/team. Depression from losing, failing to reach goals set by themselves and the goals of owners and coaches, constant travel, missing family events and milestones, and the list goes on. Injury and pain acquired from playing the sport they love at the highest possible level with little time to properly allow their bodies to recover. Loss of sleep because of stress and travel. However, they are paid well!
Coaches and medical staff are always working to keep their players in the best shape possible. Teams are often forced to subject the players to an array of treatments that can include pain medication (opioid addiction?), shots, and muscle relaxants just to get them through the game. While some sports, like the NBA, have worked to distance themselves from using these methods of treatment and focusing more on mental strength and other physical treatments that are safe for players. Luckily for athletes, there is an old remedy that has come back to us and been removed from the banned list by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), CBD.
The NBA is not the only sport that has brought CBD to the front of the line for treating athletes. The NFL, NLB, and the Olympics are all joining the CBD movement. What is this you ask? CBD to treat athlete struggles, no… Yes! CBD to treat anxiety, depression, pain/inflammation, recovery, and even sleep.
CBD FOR ANXIETY
CBD has a remarkable ability to calm the most anxious of people. Not only do we all already know this, but it is one of the most popular reasons for its use. Where have professional sports been? CBD is a great treatment plan for anxiety and depression; several areas of the brain respond well to it. There is scientific data that shows CBD has an anti-anxiety effect on the brain used.
Scientists tested CBD on a group of men giving doses ranging from placebo to 600mg. Those that received the 300 mg dose experienced less anxiety than others in the test. They also tested mice and learned that CBD treatment had a similar effect as the antidepressant, imipramine.
CBD is like anxiety/depression who? CBD has this covered!
CBD FOR PAIN AND INFLAMMATION
Now, to see if CBD can take on an athlete’s biggest enemy: pain and inflammation. CBD is a natural substance that exhibits fewer side effects than its pharmaceutical counterparts. However, our body’s natural systems work with CBD to give the desired relief from inflammation.
Okay, all that is well and good, but we all know there are different kinds of pain and inflammation and our athletes experience both. Let’s start with acute; as we all know this pain is a short-term response to tissue injury. We also have athletes that experience chronic pain, or long-term pain.
We know that if we can control the amount of swelling to an injury we can reduce the pain. Inflammation for an extended period can cause damage to cells, tissues, and organs. Science has proven that CBD is successful in treating inflammation.
Athletes are always on a journey to discover ways to recover from a training. Inflammation and the resulting pain among athletes is an expected part of their training. Athletes sustain inflammation and pain symptoms from the amount of stress they endure during their fitness routine. At times an athlete will push the body to the point of injury, also causing inflammation and pain. CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory agent that reduces pain/inflammation. CBD will help work with the body to reduce inflammation and pain, allowing the athlete to recover faster. The faster recovery provided by CBD is key to athletes performing at their desired level.
CBD to the pain and inflammation rescue!
CBD FOR SLEEP
Yes, we said it CBD for sleep! Every athlete and trainer will tell you that sleep is vital to performance and recovery. Sleep deprivation can contribute to chronic pain and inflammation.
As mentioned before athletes are expected to keep a fast paced lifestyle that can cause anxiety, depression, injury, and pain. Sleep can be disrupted by all of this. Athletes play a game then hop on a plane to fly to the next location to play again. Have you ever tried to sleep on a plane? Have you ever gotten off of a plane and felt rested, recovered, and ready for your day? Yeah, me either.
Athletes are expected to perform and continue to perform at the level they were hired at while being flown around the country day after day to play. Man, the jetlag.
According to a study done by Harvard, “CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep.” CBD helps insomnia by addressing the root causes of insomnia. Many clinical trials on sleep and CBD include giving the people between 25 mg to 1,500 mg of CBD per day. However, for you, we recommend starting with a low dose and increasing as needed.
CBD is here for team sleep deprived!
CBD AND PRO SPORTS: OUR THOUGHTS
Luckily for Pro Sports and CBD the rules are on their side. Rule makers have been listening to the medical community, athletes, and coaches when they say CBD is an extremely beneficial treatment option. CBD has been proven to help with anxiety, sleep, and pain causing inflammation. We are excited that Professional sports have joined the scientific community in accepting the medicinal benefits to CBD. We are looking forward to the rest of the pro sport community joining the CBD movement.
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BY: KELLY COULTER
Kelly researches and writes about the use of CBD in the fitness and health community. She holds a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. When she isn’t running an in-school Bootcamp class for 7th and 8th graders, teaching science for 6th and 7th graders, or coaching kids classes at her local gym, she is chasing her son Dominic around and leading a life of example with regular training, food prep weekends, and an active, healthy lifestyle. She previously ran the athletic department for her Charter School but has since passed the torch to her Assistant Director so she can pursue other opportunities to spread the word of fitness and health in her local community.