Cryotherapy in the world of football
22 January 2021
Let's continue our in-depth coverage on cryotherapy and, in general, all treatments where the benefits of cold are used.
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Let's continue our in-depth coverage on cryotherapy and, in general, all treatments where the benefits of cold are used. Besides cryotherapy, today we will also address cryosauna and cryochamber; in order to do this we will avail ourselves of a very interesting article published on salute.gazzetta.it.
It started with Cristiano Ronaldo. It seems that it only took a photo of him posted on Instagram a few years ago to 'spark' the cryotherapy craze in all its variations - above all, cryosauna and cryochamber. The photos of the Portuguese champion turned the spotlight on the benefits of cold provided by cryotherapy, and since then, sportsmen and women - especially footballers and tennis players - have started to undergo these rehabilitation treatments.
There are not only ice baths, i.e. those in which you immerse your body in a tub filled with cold water and/or ice. With time, other types of therapy have also been developed. The cryosauna is a cabin where one enters leaving only the head outside; the treatment lasts only a few minutes, and the temperature can reach -180°C. The cryochamber, on the other hand, is a totally enclosed machine where you enter with your whole body and the temperature can reach as low as -140°C.
Dr. Cristiano Fusi, sports physician and head of rehabilitation at the Istituti Clinici Zucchi of Monza, was interviewed in the source article. The doctor goes on to explain how low-temperature therapy works, relying on an immediate vasoconstrictor effect that dissipates as soon as one is back in a normal-temperature environment. The change in temperature allows the blood vessels to reopen.
Dr. Fusi then listed all the benefits of cryotherapy:
- it speeds up muscle recovery after prolonged exertion;
- it is an ally against fatigue;
- it is capable of alleviating inflammation, tendinitis and muscle pain;
- it can increase muscle tone.
Therefore, it is not a coincidence that the major Italian football clubs have got their own cryo-chambers available to athletes.
The cold benefits are also beneficial to runners, such as marathon runners, who run at very sustained and prolonged levels.
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