On Saturday last, the Wales rugby union team pulled off, what pundits are calling their greatest ever victory, defeating England 28-25 at Twickenham in the Rugby World Cup.

The match was a gruelling encounter with injuries for both sides as well as a few walking wounded and all the players had given their all for their respective teams. Due to the late start of 8pm, the players were probably looking forward to some relaxation post-match. However, with little time before Wales’ next match against Fiji in 4 days time, there was little time for enjoying the taste of victory but just how do you go about celebrating a historic win?

The answer it seems is simple, jump in the cryotherapy chamber! That’s what the Wales team did after a 3am arrival at NorthCryotheir training headquarters. Now that takes dedication! The -150°C liquid nitrogen cooled chamber will sort out not only the fatigue after such a hard-hitting game but also help reduce the impact of the soft tissue injuries, inevitable from the big hits that each player made and received. Wales’ wing sensation, George North, was pictured exiting the chamber and the smile on his face probably owes more to the victory than the pleasure of being in the chamber.  Hopefully, George and teammates enjoyed one of the side effects of a cryotherapy treatment which is, an excellent nights sleep. Fingers crossed that the early morning trip to the cryotherapy chamber does the job for the team in their next game.

Picture courtesy of Wales Online.

Whole Body Cryotherapy has become a major component in the training programmes of many of the participants in the Rugby World Cup 2015, starting today in UK.
From being a ‘secret weapon” used by the Welsh rugby team in 2011 tournament, the adoption of Whole Body Cryotherapy has, this year, seen a number of teams competing for access to chambers in the UK and in overseas training facilities.The Italian team has been photographed, in a chamber, as part of their preparation. CryoAction director, Ian Saunders commented, “We have received a large number of enquiries for whole body cryotherapy units from countries competing in the Rugby World Cup 2015. Sadly all units were booked out some time ago and there are simply not enough units to meet the demand which has far exceeded our projections”.
The reasoning behind this adoption is simple to work out. The extreme cold of a Whole body Cryotherapy chamber, with temperatures reaching as low as -160°C, enables the body to increase the recovery rate from fatigue by up to 5 times traditional methods. The body undergoes a reaction to the cold that reduces the pain of fatigue and sends the tired blood from the arms and legs back to the body’s core, in order to preserve the central temperature. Once the players leave the chamber, fresh re-oxygenated blood, rich with enzymes, rushes back into the extremities, bringing with it a pleasant “hit” of endorphins.
A further benefit from the Whole Body Cryotherapy treatment is that the body also has an accelerated recovery from soft tissue injuries, inevitable from the “big hit” and physical rugby of the modern game. Bruising and swelling is substantially reduced as well as recovery from other types of aggravating injuries, as Welsh captain’s Sam Warburton’s rapid return to Six Nations competition in 2012 testifies.
Whole Body Cryotherapy has a big part to play over the course of the coming weeks and it will be interesting to see if the countries using the equipment are those to win out in the end.

Manchester City are one of the wealthiest football clubs in the world and are top of the Premiership League. Leicester City FC last season were struggling and hired in a product to help them to survive relegation. They survived relegation last year, and are now second in the league, under Manchester City, but above Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal to name a few. Are you wondering why that may be?

So what do Manchester City and Leicester City have in common (please don’t say – City in their name)? The answer is both clubs use Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC). Used in a wide number of sports, Cryotherapy allows elite athletes to recover quicker from fatigue or injury. For more info on WBC taka a look at http://cryoaction.com/

This quicker recovery is important to the players, its important to the medical team, its important to the coaching staff and its also important to the senior executive management. WHY – its because ultimately cryotherapy allows the athlete to recover quicker. So if they are tired from a hard training session, after 3 minutes, they have the energy to train again which is fantastic to the coaching staff.

So the player recovers quicker, can spend more time on the training ground with the coaches. This is of course of great benefit to the clubs officials, as such additional training time ultimately leads to better team performance, which as we all know leads to better results. Better results lead to success and success leads to financial gains for the club.

Over the coming weeks, International squads will be using Cryotherapy at the Rugby World Cup. These guys will tell you, as will Manchester City or Leicester City, that the treatment which subjects you to cold air maxing out at -160 degrees centigrade for 3 minutes makes a massive difference, and these are reasons which helped Leicester at the end of last season, and indeed the same reasons which are helping Leicester be number 2 in the Premiership underneath Manchester City (who also use Cryotherapy).

Take a look at http://cryoaction.com/ to find out more, and watch a video from Leicester City about Cryotherapy from their Head Physiotherapist as well as some of their players.

So there you have it, 2 teams at the top of the Premiership and both use cryotherapy, is that coincidence? Some of the worlds biggest sporting stars from football, rugby, athletics, horse racing, cycling, golf etc etc etc will tell you its not.