Cryotherapy: A method of recovery

Cryotherapy: A method of recovery

Cryotherapy can be defined as the use of low temperatures in medical therapy. This therapy can be either dry, as used in the Cryosauna by many soccer and biking teams, or wet as is the present case of the ice water bath mostly chosen by the players on tour because of its comodity and easy use. It consists in submerging oneself in abundant ice water up to the area of the lower abdomen or line connecting both iliac crests, ie by the waist area but without contacting the visceral zone.

In each event of the circuit, the World Paddle Tour organization offers the players a complete session combining hard massages and ice water baths, all thanks to its recovery and physiotherapy services.

At first glance it seems a crude contraption, its a tub of important dimensions, enough to provide access to players of up to 2.03 m in height such as Joan Gisbert, Fernando Poggi or Silingo Agustin Gomez, to state as examples being the tallest players. The tub is to be filled with cold water and between 10 and 30 packs of ice depending on the room temperature and the temperature of the court played on, indoor or outdoor, intensity and length of the match. As the emotional charge, physical intensity and the weight of the match increase, so does the cuantity of ice and viceversa.

The desired effect is to promote the vasoconstriction of the blood vessels of the lower limbs. Arterial blood travels at full speed driven from the heart to all the muscles of the athlete transporting all the nutrients, oxygen and water required for sports, intense and continuous urgently. This process requires an enormous energy expenditure, and causes a number of very profitable chemical and metabolic reactions on a sporting level, which in turn generate an enormous amount of waste in the form of metabolic wastes, mostly acids, which the body is unable to eliminate on its own in less than 24 hours, thats when Cryotherapy enters the scene.

The player feels the sudden contact and immersion of his body in a low temperature water, causing a huge and powerful vasoconstriction (closing) of the vessels, at first only superficially. To drain all the waste from the bloodstream one must wait 2 more minutes until the body undergoes another vasoconstriction process of these venous channels but in this case affecting a deeper level, making all toxins mobilize quickly to heart and from there to various excretory organs, through which these waste substances can be eliminated, especially via the urinary system.

How is it done?

Once in underwear the player submerges himself in the bath of ice water, dry clothes on his upper limbs, and waits impatiently, never more than 10 minutes, the cold should be almost unbearable so most people spend between 4 to 6 minutes. At this point the athlete has a hard time physically, but such a hard metabolic "battle" designed to accelerate the recovery process is made easier when accompanied by other players and a humurous atmosphere.

Out of precaution these baths can never be prepared in absence of another, and for help when getting in or out. This makes it the perfect place for the World Padel Tour stars to chat about the anecdotes and experiences they've lived in this sport, where those who are competitive rivals on the court also share changing room, freezing temperatures and gym.

See you in the next round of World Paddle Tour.

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