Picture the scene. You’re gliding up your favourite long hill, breathing well, legs feeling strong. You reach the top, and happily you start running downhill. Everything is perfect. It’s a beautiful morning, that hill has never felt easier, and you are even sweating less than usual. Suddenly, it all changes. You feel a sharp pulling pain in the back of your thigh, and you are reduced to a hobble - all the way home.
You can’t think of anything you have done to cause this injury. You have been increasing your training gradually, without doing any major speed or hill sessions. You have even been stretching a bit, and certainly felt no niggling pain or stiffness in the muscle up until now. Then you remember that this hamstring gave you problems last year, and the year before, also without warning.
Sound familiar? Recurrent hamstring strains are one of the most common running injuries. Unfortunately, damage to your hamstrings isn’t always significant enough to cause pain. But the reduction in hamstring function may be so gradual that you won’t notice it until there is a serious problem. This is often described as “the last straw that broke the camel’s back”, where repeated damage results in pain and dysfunction.
The best way to protect against injury BEFORE it happens is to use Ache Free. Ache Free contains glucosamine HCL and chrondroitin sulphate, two nutrients proven to speed recovery from injury by up to 39%, significantly reduce joint pain, and improve mobility. Glucosamine HCL (75% more potent than the Sulphate version included in virtually all products of this type) has been shown in clinical trials to reverse cartilage damage. Of 68 athletes given glucosamine, 52 were completely pain free after just 20 weeks. One year later, researchers were unable to find any sign of cartilage damage in the athletes.
To make the formula complete, you also get large amounts of NAC and Curcumin. Curcumin - a natural herbal extract - is excellent at reducing swelling. NAC has also been added to increase the effectiveness of both Glucosamine and chrondroitin, speeding up the healing of existing injuries.
Although it’s popular with people who want to recover more quickly from an existing injury, Ache Free (3-4 capsules daily) is also incredibly effective at protecting you from niggling joint or muscle injuries before they happen.