New Evidence for Ice and Cryotherapy in Sport

Cryotherapy is one of my favorite topics in sports science and sports medicine, and I’ve monitored updates in the scientific research for a long time. After reading nearly 400 studies on thermotherapy and examining all of the variables, I’ve found using ice is still an enigma. Some new research, as well as some old conflicting research, still leaves the community with more questions about its value for sport.

It’s now in favor to abandon a lot of the old treatments, but before we scoff at using therapeutic cold, let’s scrutinize the research more. If you think ice baths are old news and cryosaunas are a waste of time, guess again. New perspectives about how the body recovers from injury and training reopen the door to cryotherapy…

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CAN WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY IMPROVE ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE?

It is becoming increasingly popular among athletes, but can whole body cryotherapy improve sports performance? Co-founder of Quantum Cryotherapy Adela Thornton-Wood reviews the latest scientific research.

There is a growing body of evidence to support cryotherapy as an effective tool for anyone who plays sports: from professional athletes competing at a national and international level to those who simply exercise for fun and to keep fit.

The evidence out there at the moment is mainly on the benefits of whole body cryotherapy on recovery time and reducing inflammation…

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Mark Wahlberg and Floyd Mayweather Are Big Fans of Cryotherapy — But Is It Legit?

It sounds like it’s straight out of Austin Powers, but athletes are turning to cryotherapy to soothe their sore muscles — even though some say it’s dangerous.

“The cryotherapy session we did is an element of my training camp to help me recover between one training session and another in the same day,” Bivol, 27, told Men’s Health via his manager and translator. “It helped me a lot. I’ve only tried it a couple of times, but I plan to use it when I feel that my body is a little overwhelmed.”

With so many athletes singing the praises of cryotherapy, we at Men’s Health wanted to know: does it actually work? And if so, is it safe? We spoke to some industry leaders to get some answers…

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4 Reasons SO Many Professional Athletes use Cryotherapy

1. RECOVERY
Cryotherapy Greatly Reduces Swelling, and releases Numerous Hormones & Proteins that Speed Up Recovery.

2. MENTAL HEALTH
3-5x’s the Normal Amount of the Memory Repairing Hormone Norepinephrine is released during each Cryotherapy Session

3. MORE ENERGY
Your Body can produce up to 38% more Mitochondria in 10-20 Sessions of Cryotherapy, giving you more readily usable Energy

4. CUTTING WEIGHT
Your Body Burns 500-800 Calories While in the Cryochamber, and an increase in Brown fat also aids resting Caloric Burn Helping you stay fit for competitions

 

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