The athletic community has been the quickest to embrace Whole Body Cryotherapy. As the obvious advantages became apparent among the earliest users, teams are realizing that like with any new effective training technology, they need to embrace it to maintain their competitive status.
In athletic training, Whole Body Cryotherapy can help professional and recreational athletes help their bodies be a peak performance, recover more quickly from intense training and break the cycle of nagging chronic injuries. This booklet will address pre event preparation and post exertional recovery. Users can utilize the guidelines in the Pain Management protocols to help their athletes with chronic injuries.
Post Training and Post Competition Recovery
Athletic training is a method of inducing minor trauma to cause the body to become stronger and more capable. Hard bouts of exertion routinely break a small percent of fibers in the muscle groups utilized. With proper recovery, the body regrows the damaged fibers and grows additional fibers to accommodate for future possible stressors. Over time, these accumulated extra muscle fibers translate into enlargement of the relevant muscle groups, allowing for a greater power output than what was possible prior to training.
Similar beneficial adaptations occur in the cardiovascular system, particularly the density of capillaries that feed oxygen and nutrients to the working muscles. Training allows for an increase rate of blood delivery to the tissues via a greater number of capillaries in the tissues of the well-trained athlete. Within each individual muscle cell, changes also take place in the number of mitochondria present. These organelles allow for the conversion of glucose and fatty acids into energy. Greater numbers of mitochondria allow for a faster generation of energy for longer periods of time.
The main impediment to these beneficial adaptations is the accumulated metabolic inflammation. During exertion, pro-inflammatory tissue chemicals are formed that start the process of tissue repair. In many circumstances, the amount of these chemicals formed is in excess of what is needed. Before repair can began, these pro-inflammatory chemicals must be neutralized by our immune systems.