8/16/2016 0 Comments
Continuing our Olympic theme....
Cryotherapy is another recovery regimen that Olympic athletes are using. Check out this article on a current athlete who is in Rio.
Michael Phelps isn’t the only Olympic athlete using naturopathic therapies for recovery. Jonathan Gomez, a Colombian swimmer in the 2016 Summer Olympics, reported usingwhole body cryotherapy (WBC) approximately three times per week while training, according to a new video posted on Forbes’ Facebook page.
In the video, Gomez said cryotherapy is “a lot better” than the standard 20-minute ice bath because it only takes three minutes, then his muscles are ready to go the next day.
Studies show WBC enhances antioxidant capacity and aids cardiovascular recovery, and it also alters inflammatory pathways related to sports recovery. In other words, a cryotherapy treatment can slow the onset of fatigue, increase cardiovascular recovery rate, and decrease creatine kinase (a product of muscle breakdown) following a difficult training session.
Researchers concluded these results in a 2012 study on 12 high-ranking professional tennis players. The authors stated: “Applying whole-body cryostimulation in conjunction with moderate-intensity training was more effective for the recovery process than the training itself.” (J Athl Train, 2012)
The International Olympic Committee’s official website also cites a video where two Olympic athletes receive a WBC treatment. One athlete, though hesitant at first, described the experience as “invigorating;” the other said her skin began feeling very tight, but she actually found it “pleasant.”
From: Olympic Swimmer Prefers Cryotherapy for Athletic Recovery
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