In their quest for better performance, sports teams are increasingly freezing their players.
A very elementary use of cryotherapy can be used to illustrate why cryotherapy can be useful in sports recovery. When one bangs their head, what is the first thing one does? They get an icepack or perhaps a bag of frozen peas and apply this to the area affected by the bang. Crudely put, this is cryotherapy. Many will know how beneficial it is to apply something cold to a bump can be, and the same applies to the bumps, bruises and muscular issues caused by intense activity in a sporting context. Welsh rugby team began using cryotherapy in the run-up to the 2011 Rugby World Cup in order to aid their recovery following training sessions. Rather than just applying an icepack to sore areas of their bodies, the Welsh team used whole-body cryotherapy (WBC) – players would enter a cryotherapy chamber and be subjected to temperatures of -166°F (-100 °C) in order to provide them with recovery all over their bodies. Chambers of this kind that allow for whole body cryotherapy are increasing in popularity.