On Thursday, Nov. 24, in a 2-0 victory over Serbia, Brazil emerged victorious during the FIFA World Cup 2022, minus a key player. Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, known as Neymar, sustained a lateral ligament injury on his right ankle, following a tackle from Nikola Milenkovic.
Team doctors also reported some small bone swelling, and Neymar began receiving treatment almost immediately after the injury. Neymar acknowledged the setback, with hope.
“Today has become one of the hardest moments in my career... and again in a World Cup,” he said via Instagram. “I have an injury. Yes, it's boring, it's going to hurt but I'm sure I'll have the chance to come back because I will do my best to help my country, my teammates and myself. Long time to wait for the enemy to knock me down like this? NEVER!”
Neymar is a Brazilian forward that plays for the Paris-Saint Germain and Brazil national team. A prolific goal scorer, he has scored at least 100 goals for three different clubs, and was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2017.
Team doctors for Neymar have not elaborated on his recovery regimen, but Neymar took to Instagram Stories to show off the progress he’s making by using Normatec 2.0 Compression. Yes, he’s utilizing the same compression technology that Restore Hyper Wellness® uses in many locations.
What Is Compression?
Compression is an effective method by which controlled pressure is applied to the extremities in order to increase blood flow and the efficiency of the lymphatic and venous systems. Traditionally, compression uses socks or stockings, but Restore uses newer technology like Normatec to offer dynamic compression that utilizes compressed air to mobilize fluid and improve circulation. This technology involves “sleeves” which slide onto your arms, legs or around your hips and offer a pneumatic, pressurized massage.
How Does Compression Work?
The idea behind compression is pretty simple: It helps your system increase blood flow to certain areas, encouraging your body to deliver more oxygen and nutrients to the area, which in turn may speed up recovery, relieve aches and improve athletic performance.
Neymar, 30, has not returned to the World Cup since his injury last week, but Brazilian soccer manager Tite seems confident that he will return. “I believe that Neymar and Danilo will play [in] the World Cup,” Tite said during a press conference. “I believe in that. Medically, clinically, they can talk more about the stages of the treatment. I have no place to talk. I trust that we will be able to use both of them.”
Many professional athletes (including Steph Curry, Lebron James, Kevin Durant and Amy Cragg) have used compression as a means to recover faster in between training sessions or after intense competitions. Because the pneumatic squeezing technique increases blood and lymphatic flow in your limbs, it allows for muscles to recover faster from aches or overuse, so the athletes can perform at a higher rate of intensity without needing as much rest or recovery in between exercises. But with compression, that recovery period is much shorter because the system mimics therapeutic pressure, reducing tenderness and alleviating soreness in the process.
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