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    So we know about the generic rep ranges for strength, hypertrohpy, endurance.

    So my question is: If you are coming back from an injury (ligament related) and working up the weights slowly with much higher reps (15+ for endurance basically) is there any point in being in a surplus diet wise?

    The way I see it is that you won't be able to gain any muscle because the stimulus provided would be too low (50% of 1rm or less I would think) but I guess that depends on how long the person has trained for.

    Any benefits for ligament/tendon healing by being in a surplus as opposed to a deficit?
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    On Lyle McDonald's forum, someone asked the same question (sorry was unable to find the original thread), and he recommended eating at maintenance/slight surplus during recovery (as opposed to eating at a deficit).


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    cool, might go have a look over there.
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    I would still eat at a surplus. The reason being that you only stop doing the exercises that the injury affects. You should still be training the rest of your body hard. Unless the injury hampers your total training than I see no need for eating at a surplus, maintenance would be sufficient, or a little above to be safe.
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    Eating at maintenance or slight surplus (if training after coming back form injury) will be of benefit as more 'energy' will be required for 'repair' for not only skeletal muscle but also the ligaments and tendons. Positive hormonal product = Maintenance or above. Poor hormonal function = deficit

    Total energy energy requirement will not be as high as being back to 100% and training at peak performance, but none the less still a slight surplus would be suggested IMO.


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    Thanks people.

    Found Lyle saying the same thing.

    Moderate surplus it is.

    And yes it is true that I can still train other areas hard but I've been through a bad run of injuries this year so it's been a bit weird coming back. (knee, hip/groin & now shoulder)
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