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“They quickly saw the ben­e­fits and have been us­ing it reg­u­larly in re­cent weeks.

“What cryother­apy can do for an ath­lete over the old-fash­ioned ice bath is the abil­ity to re­duce in­flam­ma­tion and lac­tic acid, and as well, ac­ti­vate a sner­vous sys­tem re­sponse, which of course pro­motes the body to heal ef­fi­ciently af­ter train­ing and func­tion bet­ter dur­ing train­ing and daily tasks.

“The train­ing load, vol­ume and in­ten­sity of the modern-day NRL player is so de­mand­ing that re­cov­ery is para­mount and the most im­por­tant as­pect of a train­ing reg­i­men – and coaches and train­ers have come to re­alise this.

“Cryother­apy is a dry treat­ment, so the re-warm­ing of the new blood through the body is a short process, ul­ti­mately speed­ing up re­cov­ery time.

“This al­lows the play­ers to have the abil­ity to be as close to peak per­for­mance [as pos­si­ble], all in a three­minute treat­ment.”

And it’s not just for elite ath­letes; Dunk­ley says the treat­ment will work for any­one look­ing for faster re­cov­ery from in­juries or chronic pain, or just to in­crease their well­be­ing.

“Don’t hold your breath if you think this is a fad – be­cause it’s here to stay.

“I be­lieve next sea­son as word spreads you may see all 16 clubs us­ing it in the NRL.”

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