Athletes work hard everyday to be the best they can be. Recovery is important because without proper recovery time athletic performance can suffer. When you think recovery the ice bath comes to mind, however, in recent years pro athletes have popularized whole body cryotherapy as a new 21st century cold therapy option. As cool as this new method of recovery may seem not everyone is a candidate for WBC. Chris Gabriel, physical therapist at OrthoCarolina, lays out how each method can be used by athletes so you can pick the cold therapy method thats right for you in this weeks sponsor spotlight:
Whether it’s a simple cold pack, ice bath or a higher tech application, athletes are always looking for the latest and greatest tool to aid recovery and minimize downtime between intense training sessions.
One of the most common types of cold therapy is the use of ice baths. Over the past few years, whole body cryotherapy (WBC) treatments have become popular, and are commonly used by professional athletes. Not everyone is a candidate for cold therapy treatment and it is recommended to seek medical advice before trying any new treatment.