Coach: I started taking a deer antler velvet supplement a little while back and it's really helped me with recovery and injury repair. Deer antler velvet is a natural source of insulin-like growth factor-1. The production of IGF-1 is one of the molecules that growth hormone stimulates, but by taking it directly you don't have the problems that come from taking hormones like HGH. HGH stimulates a whole cascade of hormones and messenger molecules and IGF-1 is only one of them. Bypassing the HGH means you don't have to worry about suppressing your own production of hormones.
I read about NFL trainers and athletes using deer antler supplements to speed injury recovery and they've had monster success with it, so I thought I'd give it a try. Couldn't be happier.
I'm sure Kathy has/can get more information and sources for the best extracts. The one I've been using is a sublingual spray from Nutronics (10,000ng). It's really been a godsend. I take it right after training and once before bed. I've had far fewer mornings where getting out of bed is the most painful part of the day.