Soft tissue injuries are very common in the sports world, whether amateur or professional. More than 70% of visits to physiotherapists are the result of musculoskeletal injuries that often result from weakness in the extracellular matrix.
In addition, all sports have specific strength, speed and power requirements, which means that the athlete must keep tendons, muscle fibers and cartilage intact.
Thus, the importance of nourishing the extracellular matrix (ECM) is assumed to maintain functional musculoskeletal structures: tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bones.
ECM is a highly dynamic complex of fibrous proteins, glycoproteins and proteoglycans. For an athlete, ECM has two main functions: transmit forces quickly to maximize speed and performance, and absorb impact energy to prevent injury. Strengthening ECM requires an increase in the amount of collagen or the number of crosslinks that bind collagen proteins.
This is why hydrolyzed collagen has occupied a place at the top of the supplements of choice for athletes. Hydrolyzed collagen is a form of collagen that goes through an enzymatic process in which its molecules become more easily absorbed and ensures the availability of peptides, which will lead to endogenous replacement.
Advantages of Hydrolyzed Collagen:
• protects extracellular matrix composition, proteoglycans and elastic fibers
• stimulates biosynthesis of endogenous collagen and proteoglycans
• improves performance
• decreases inflammation by its regenerative action
• improves joint lubrication
• improves tendon strength and flexibility
• prevents and treats injuries
• accelerates recovery
• regenerates cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscles and bones
Hydrolyzed collagen supplementation is essential in the sports setting and can be used as a means of preventing or treating musculoskeletal injuries.
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By Carla Santos, Pharmacist and Sports Nutrition Specialist