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Old 02-08-2010, 11:38 PM   #1
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Does healing injuries burn extra calories ?

I have a bruised rib and a sprained wrist from some bad snowboarding falls, so I can't really lift too much, especially a heavy weight program like SS.

I'm wondering during this time of inactivity, if I should reduce my calorie intake since I'm not doing much physical activity so that I don't gain weight/fat, and if so how much? Does repairing a hurt body part like ribs/wrist/bruises etc take up a significant amount of calories compared to repairing muscles ?
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Old 02-09-2010, 12:49 AM   #2
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Re: Does healing injuries burn extra calories ?

That's a damn good question... if recovering from injuries worked the same way as recovering from a workout though, you'd definitely want to eat a lot so you could get over it and get on ss, not eat a little to recover more slowly but keep off the weight.

I am kind of curious about the physiology behind this though if somebody knows.
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Old 02-09-2010, 01:00 AM   #3
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Re: Does healing injuries burn extra calories ?

Probably not, given that someone's activity level also goes down when injuries occur.
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Old 02-09-2010, 01:23 AM   #4
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Re: Does healing injuries burn extra calories ?

Here is my guess. And that's all it is.

I would guess that it does burn more calories, but that amount is very trivial. I think you should eat to help the healing process though. Try to gain some weight it probably wouldn't hurt you.

Iono just guessing.
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Old 02-09-2010, 05:51 AM   #5
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Re: Does healing injuries burn extra calories ?

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Old 02-09-2010, 09:11 AM   #6
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Re: Does healing injuries burn extra calories ?

You may be onto something. Aren't all those emo chicks who cut themselves always skinny?
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:29 AM   #7
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Re: Does healing injuries burn extra calories ?

Seems like healing injuries and recovering from workouts should be affected by similar factors. After all, the workout "breaks down the muscle" so to speak.

But the volume of tissue that has to be repaired is probably higher in workouts than in specific location injuries, although the injury is more severe in terms of tissue breakdown.

Therefore, common sense suggest you should eat slightly above maintenance, but less than when working out, get enough protein and sleep and reduce stress.
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Old 02-09-2010, 03:49 PM   #8
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Re: Does healing injuries burn extra calories ?

Hmmm thanks for the replies.

One further question since there are probably lots of injury experts like kyleb.

Why the heck do torn muscles (which I understand bruised ribs to be) take so long to heal? Aren't we tearing them everyday when we workout, and they recover just fine pretty soon. I imagine it's a much bigger tear, but it just seems so disproportionate the amount of time it takes to heal.
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Old 02-09-2010, 04:09 PM   #9
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Re: Does healing injuries burn extra calories ?

Pretty big difference between myofibrillar hypertrophy and muscle belly tears. Additionally, the concept of microtrauma (the concept you alluded to) may not exactly be how muscles "grow."
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