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Optimum Performance: Advances in sports medicine help recover competitive athletes at all levels

Northern California – With the 1-3 Saints coming off a bye week and set to face the Carolina Panthers in the Mercedes Benz Superdome on Sunday, let's hope the players and coaches are rested and focused - especially in light of the large number of player injuries sustained early this season. Hopefully, these injured athletes are well on the way to being healed and ready for action.

The science of recovery in athletics has expanded the scope of available options and techniques in recent years – all of which fall under the heading of sports medicine. That's a term that gets thrown around quite much in areas like: rehabilitation, orthopedics, surgery, general medicine, massage, chiropractic care, sleep medicine, sports psychology, performance nutrition and permissible supplementation.