Phase 2: Proliferation: Days 4-21
This week's discussion is on the phase of proliferation. Hopefully, our swelling, pain and discomfort has begun to dissipate and things are becoming easier to accomplish. Inside our body the injury site has been creating a framework of new tissue and blood vessels. It is sweeping up debris from injury, removing damaged cells, breaking down blood clots, and removing lymph. There is a lot going on! And even though the person in question has been sidelined due to injury there is still a relatively high level of caloric needs. Depending on the severity of injury the basal metabolic rate(energy used to keep the body functioning at rest) can increase from 10 to 50 percent. Therefor, it is important for the healing process that appropriate calories are ingested to support those functions as well as healing.