Academic Backing - Evidence for the benefits of cryotherapy comes from a body of academic, peer-reviewed reports from various Eastern European Centres of sport science, as well as more recent research from the National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance in Paris and the University of Milan . To complement this BOC are collaborating with two partners including two UK universities on research projects with two Super League teams to deliver the definitive analysis of the benefits of cryotherapy to exercise recovery.
Cryotherapy Scientific Studies
Time-Course of Changes in Inflammatory Response after Whole-Body Cryotherapy Multi Exposures following Severe Exercise (2011) – Journal of Human Sport and Exercise.
Study from the National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance (INSEP), Paris, France
Nine well-trained runners performed three repetitions of a simulated trail run. All participants were tested immediately (after one hour), post 24 hours, and post 48 hours after exercise, using three different recovery modalities – Whole Body Cryotherapy, Infrared therapy and passive rest in a random order over three separate weeks. Maximal muscle strength and perceived sensations were recovered after the first WBC session (post 1 h), while recovery took 24 h with FIR, and was not attained at all through the PAS recovery modality.
Beneficial effects of the whole-body cryotherapy on sport haemolysis (2009) – Journal of Human Sport and Exercise
Study by the University of Milan’s School of Medicine
Ten rugby players recruited from the Italian National Team were studied. Tests measured key physiological parameters after exercise treatment with WBC such as mean sphered cell volume (MSCV), haptoglobin levels and other conditions that lead to sports haemolysis – iron deficient ‘tired blood’. Increases in haptoglobin and in the mean sphered cell volume after the treatment period led the team to conclude that Whole Body Cryotherapy was useful in preventing the associated physiological impairments to exercise such as induced iron deficiency.