Q&A Database:
Pain, Recovery, and Injury Prevention

Every week on the podcast, Greg Nuckols and Eric Trexler discuss recent research and answer listeners’ questions about anything and everything related to training, nutrition, science, and life in general.

Here, we’ve compiled all of the pain, recovery, and injury prevention topics discussed and questions answered on the podcast along with time-stamped links so you can quickly jump around and find the content you’re most interested in.

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All pain, recovery, and injury prevention questions


Pain and Injuries

Coach’s Corner: Modified pressing variations in response to shoulder/elbow discomfort

Episode 59: Beta-Alanine, Training Frequency, and Strength for Hypertrophy


How would you personally respond to a medical professional that tells you to stop squatting because it’s bad for your knees?

Episode 58: Q&A Extravaganza


Are muscle knots and trigger points “real” and worth caring about?

Episode 48: Breakfast, Glycine, Muscle Knots, and Trigger Points


What is the evidence around nutrition and injury prevention or recovery? Specifically, is there any research on prolonged cuts and effect on risk of injury?

Episode 38: Immune Function, Home-Based Workouts, Fat Burners, and Lifting with Long Limbs


SBS Article Discussion: “What Factors Influence Injury Risk in Powerlifters? (Injury series, Part 3)”

Link to Greg’s article

Episode 36: Antioxidants, Injury Risk Factors, and the Conjugate Method


Coach’s Corner – Lifting technique and injury risk.

Roundtable link

Episode 35: Metabolic Rate, Artificial Sweeteners, Electromyography, and Non-Failure Training


Research Roundup – Which specific modes of exercise training are most effective for treating low back pain?

Episode 28: Glycogen Loading, Lower Back Pain, PowerBuilding, & Physical Culture with Ben Pollack


What is the biopsychosocial model, as it relates to pain?

Episode 22: Red Meat, Deloads, and Pain with Dr. Michael Ray


What is the relationship between joint morphology and pain/injury?

Episode 22: Red Meat, Deloads, and Pain with Dr. Michael Ray


How should we address or deal with pain?

Episode 22: Red Meat, Deloads, and Pain with Dr. Michael Ray


Is there such a thing as “good” and “bad” movements or technique?

Episode 22: Red Meat, Deloads, and Pain with Dr. Michael Ray


When you have pain during a certain exercise, how do you decide whether it’s worth rehabbing that movement vs. picking a different exercise?

Episode 5: Q&A: Dropping Weight, Building Strength to Promote Hypertrophy, and Training Around Pain


What’s your take on long-term effects of heavy lifting on spine and joint health?

Episode 3: Q&A: Beltless Training, Leucine, and the Health Benefits of Strength


Any recommendations for lifters with spinal loading issues?

Episode 3: Q&A: Beltless Training, Leucine, and the Health Benefits of Strength


It seems like there’s more injuries in strongman than other strength sports. Does that match your experience? What sorts of injuries are common? What prehab work or training modifications help make training safer?

Episode 26: Protein, Fiber, Phototherapy, and Intro to Strongman with James Deffinbaugh


Recovery

Research Roundup – Effects of Two Different Recovery Postures during High-Intensity Interval Training

Study reviewed: Michaelson et al.

Episode 44: Caffeine Genes, Brown Adipose Tissue, Concurrent Training, and Hangovers


Profiles of Heart Rate Variability and Bar Velocity following Resistance Exercise

Study

Episode 37: Heart Rate Variability, Antagonist Stretching, and Chrononutrition


If soreness isn’t a good indicator of gains, how do you know how hard to train?

Episode 17: Q&A: Dreamer Bulks, Concurrent Training, Recovery Modalities, and Valuing Research


What effects can active release therapy, acupuncture, massages, stretching have on training?

Episode 17: Q&A: Dreamer Bulks, Concurrent Training, Recovery Modalities, and Valuing Research


How does marijuana affect recovery from strength and hypertrophy training when it’s smoked, eaten, or vaped?

Episode 13: Q&A: Warming Up, Calculating Volume, Assessing Fatigue, and Creatine Non-Responders


Does pre-competition cryotherapy help for bodybuilding/physique athletes?

Episode 2: Sex Differences in Fatigue and Recovery, and Dr. Jason Cholewa


How important is delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)? I’ve been powerlifting for a little over 18 months and have never experienced any significant amount of soreness, but my program contains reasonably high training volume and frequency.

Episode 23: Q&A: Carbs, Sodium, and Experimenting with Your Training


What are the effects of phototherapy on exercise performance and recovery from exercise?

Episode 26: Protein, Fiber, Phototherapy, and Intro to Strongman with James Deffinbaugh


Sleep

Simple question(s): recognizing needs will vary by person, how critical is adequate sleep to gains? To body comp? And are negative effects more acute or chronic?

Episode 66: Refeeds, Diet Breaks, Fructose, and Sodium


Why don’t researchers start tracking sleep and including it in their analysis?

Episode 58: Q&A Extravaganza


For people with sporadic sleep issues, what are some strategies to avoid detrimental impacts on performance, recovery, and body composition?

Episode 58: Q&A Extravaganza


Research Roundup – Sleep and Hunger

Article discussed

Episode 52: Protein, Lactate, and Strength Phases to Boost Hypertrophy


A critical review of “Why We Sleep.”

Article

Episode 35: Metabolic Rate, Artificial Sweeteners, Electromyography, and Non-Failure Training


Why do we sleep?

Episode 14: Sleep, Response Heterogeneity, and Dr. Brandon Roberts


Does poor sleep impact performance or body composition?

Episode 14: Sleep, Response Heterogeneity, and Dr. Brandon Roberts


Are there people who simply need less sleep than others?

Episode 14: Sleep, Response Heterogeneity, and Dr. Brandon Roberts


What are chronotypes, and how do they matter in relation to sleep?

Episode 14: Sleep, Response Heterogeneity, and Dr. Brandon Roberts


Will naps help me recover from a lack of sleep?

Episode 14: Sleep, Response Heterogeneity, and Dr. Brandon Roberts


What is sleep debt and can it be repaid?

Episode 14: Sleep, Response Heterogeneity, and Dr. Brandon Roberts


How can we improve sleep to help training?

Study discussed: 1

Episode 17: Q&A: Dreamer Bulks, Concurrent Training, Recovery Modalities, and Valuing Research


I’ve been trying to get more sleep (at least 8-9 hours or more per night). However, I typically end up either waking up earlier or waking up more frequently throughout the night, resulting in poorer sleep than normal. Is this a sign that I shouldn’t be trying to force more sleep, and should return to my typical sleep habits?

Episode 25: Q&A: Rest Periods, Deadlifts, Bulking, and Hypertrophy for Powerlifters

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