CryoTher­apy is all the rage

The Citizen (KZN) - - SPORT -

Rory McIl­roy helped push cryother­apy into the lime­light when he asked his man­ager to or­gan­ise one per player as a prac­ti­cal joke for the Ry­der Cup.

Cryo-cham­bers, or Cryo-sau­nas, sell for any­thing from R700 000 to R1 mil­lion and you can just imag­ine what the man­ager was think­ing.

CryoTher­apy is the process of cool­ing ni­tro­gen down to mi­nus 100 de­grees and then blast­ing it onto pa­tients and ath­letes while they stand in a cham­ber for three to four min­utes. Hands and feet are pro­tected by gloves and socks and a mask is worn to pre­vent from in­hal­ing the cold air di­rectly. There is no wa­ter used in this en­tire process and that is how it can get down to the very low tem­per­a­tures.

You get big­ger six- to eight-man cryo-cham­bers where you walk through two cham­bers with dif­fer­ent tem­per­a­tures where each cham­ber is colder than the other, mak­ing it the per­fect so­lu­tion for team re­cov­ery.

The ben­e­fits are nu­mer­ous, par­tic­u­larly for those want­ing to re­cover ef­fec­tively and more quickly from sports train­ing and com­pe­ti­tion. Your mus­cles tear and bleed on a mi­cro level which is a nor­mal process the body en­dures. Post-event, your mus­cles, tis­sues and joints be­come in­flamed, and de­pend­ing on how in­tense your ses­sion was, will de­ter­mine if your body is sore for two or three days af­ter. Ath­letes tend to get the doms (de­layed on­set of mus­cles sore­ness) af­ter high in­ten­sity re­sis­tant train­ing ses­sions.

Your mus­cles are work­ing un­der speed, force, weight and fric­tion dur­ing an event and sore bod­ies pose a prob­lem for sports sci­en­tists and coaches be­cause if the train­ing is not de­signed down to a sci­ence, play­ers would be con­stantly sore and their bod­ies will break down more of­ten than they should. Tech­nol­ogy plays a role in re­cov­ery and many pro­fes­sional Euro­pean and Amer­i­can pro teams un­der­stand how im­por­tant re­cov­ery for their play­ers is and have their own Cryo-cham­bers in­stalled in their chang­e­rooms. CryoTher­apy was also used in the last Fifa World Cup games in Rus­sia.

It would be great to say it was first de­vel­oped for the sport­ing mar­ket but in fact it was de­vel­oped to treat pa­tients with mul­ti­ple sclero­sis and rheuma­toid arthri­tis. You can now find a cham­ber in at least 50 Euro­pean hos­pi­tals.

Re­cov­ery is fast be­com­ing one of the hottest fields in re­search and de­vel­op­ment be­cause coaches are start­ing to un­der­stand that they can’t con­tin­u­ously work their play­ers to the bone with­out con­se­quences of break­ing down. Smart clubs are in­vest­ing in re­cov­ery lounges be­cause the quicker you can start the re­cov­ery process of an ath­lete, the faster the ath­lete will re­cover and thus re­duce the like­li­hood of a se­ri­ous in­jury.

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