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Athletic Injury Prevention with Cryotherapy

Whole-body cryotherapy (WBC) covers a broad range of therapeutic applications in athletic injury prevention and recovery. WBC consists of briefly exposing the body to icy cold air. Cold therapy is commonly used as a procedure to relieve pain symptoms, particularly in inflammatory diseases and in the prevention of inflammatory athletic-related injuries.

With high intense activity and physical impacts, athletes incur more injuries than the general public. Some athletic programs are prepared for this with a broad range of post-treatment options including first aid solutions, but it does not suffice. For example, ice packs and compression wraps are usually the “go-to” treatment. Many programs try to take a pro-active approach to injury prevention with a post-practice cold application (confined to a particular body part) and physical therapy.

Real Sports Medicine

However, WBC is used to improve recovery from muscle injury of the entire body where muscle inflammation and muscle tear hide underneath. If tears are not treated properly, recovery can become a chronic issue. As an athlete, you need a superhuman recovery time of muscle tissue and inflammation that is triggered during a workout.

An average athlete does not have enough time to relax and take a break from their workout routine. In this case, what enhances recovery time of the entire body?

Cold Temperatures Help Muscle Tear

Multiple scientific studies show that lowering the temperature of the damaged tissue and withdrawing the heat from the body can relieve symptoms of tissue damage, muscle tear, pain, and inflammation. One such study was conducted by scientists in Milan, Italy and published in the 2010 Sports Medicine Journal. The researchers conclude that special temperature-controlled in cryo-chambers, where the air is maintained at-110C to-140C, reduces proinflammatory responses. It also decreases pro-oxidant molecular species and stabilizes membranes, resulting in high potential beneficial effects on sports-induced haemolysis. Lastly, it improves cell and tissue damage, which is characteristic of heavy physical exercise.

Adding cryotherapy to the workout regime is a good move for any athletic program that wants to commit to injury treatment and prevention.

Additionally, reducing inflammation and enhancing muscle recovery can further shorten healing and recovery period, allowing professional athletes to get back on track with their training schedule – fast.

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