Wolves help launch world's first Mobile Cryotherapy Chamber
Warrington Wolves are proud to have been part of BOC’s official launch of the world's first Mobile Cryotherapy Chamber, a revolutionary new way to treat sports injuries and reduce recovery times.
The Wolves welcomed BOC, a member of The Linde Group and the UK’s biggest industrial gases company, to launch the chamber at The Halliwell Jones Stadium in front of the local and Rugby League media this week.
The treatment involves exposing athletes to temperatures of -135ºC for short bursts in a nitrogen-cooled Cryochamber. The ice bath is a long established - if notoriously uncomfortable - treatment for sports injuries. Elite athletes, top-flight rugby players and footballers are a valuable resource, and strength and conditioning coaches and sports scientists have been seeking new ways to help them resume training and regain match day fitness quickly and safely.
While based on the same principles - the benefits of cold in aiding recovery - Whole Body Cryotherapy does not subject the user to the shock and discomfort of being submerged in ice cold water. Users of the Cryochamber - up to two at a time - move freely about in a dry atmosphere for three minutes - less than a third of the time that’s required with a conventional ice bath treatment.
Warrington’s squad has already experienced the benefits of the unique treatment facility and three players were on hand to demonstrate how the chamber works.
Chris Baron, Wolves’ head of strength and conditioning, said: “Cryotherapy is a great tool in the enhancement of recovery for elite athletes whether from competition or an exhaustive training session. Having access to the treatment wherever we are playing or training is a major boost for us at Warrington Wolves.
“We have been trialling it for the past few weeks and it simply represents a far more time efficient, convenient and more comfortable alternative to other cold treatments - and the players prefer it. After treatment, players reported a greater feeling of wellbeing and a better night’s sleep post competition and training sessions.
“Cryotherapy has increased our recovery rate which in turn has allowed us to return to training earlier. At this elite sport level, the extra training at higher intensity can make a significant difference to performance and we are looking forward to building it into our training routines for the rest of the season.”
Reported physical benefits include significant reductions in rheumatic, muscle and joint pain and reduced inflammation, as well as improved sleep and higher energy levels. Wider physiological effects can induce beneficial chemical reactions in the blood to speed up recovery after intense exercise.
Stuart Askew, Cryotherapy Manager BOC said: “BOC’s Mobile Cryochamber is a step change in improving recovery times and supports more intense training regimes for athletes up and down the country. The chamber represents great value for money, allowing the treatment of an entire squad for just one day’s hire, whilst hotels, leisure clubs and gyms can attract serious athletes through adding it to their facilities.
“As the UK’s most experienced handler of cryogenic gases, BOC is uniquely placed to bring the benefits of this revolutionary treatment in the safest and most convenient way for customers across the UK sport, leisure and health industries.”