Maria João Cascais
Acupuncture is a method of treatment with thousands of years but its applicability to sports is, many times, neglected.
However, it becomes advantageous because the intake of medication is then unnecessary, which in athletes is interesting once they can avoid taking prohibited substances.
Regarding the lesion’s recovery and consequent sportive activity integration, acupuncture plays an important role either n substituting or in associations with physiotherapy.
These treatments do not show secondary effects as those from medication and therefore they become a choice for many of the athletes of high competition. Thus, acupuncture can also help balancing the psychological side as well as the sleeping habits of the individual.