The science surrounding sports injuries has changed a great deal over the past couple of decades. Back in the day, if you tore your ACL, your career was done. They simply didn’t know how to repair ligaments like the ACL and make them as good as new. Of course, today that’s no problem. While some athletes with ACL tears will see their careers end, the vast majority of them are back on the field or court within about ten to twelve months. In many cases, the athlete won’t even look like he or she has slowed down, and they’ll be essentially the same athlete they were before the injury. Of course, it’s not only the surgery that’s better these days, but it’s also the recovery. Doctors know a great deal more today about the human body than they ever have before, which means they know how to advise athletes on how best to recover from their injury. They send them to physical trainers, they have the athletes use ice and heat to keep the swelling down, and they can show athletes how to train their bodies, how to stretch, and what to eat to prevent further injury down the road. Simply put, there’s never been a better time to be an athlete than today, and that’s not even getting into how much money these athletes make now.
There’s one new treatment out there for sports injuries that we haven’t talked about yet, and that’s cryotherapy. In case you’re not familiar with it, cryotherapy is a treatment whereby an athlete enters a chamber that pumps incredibly cold air through and onto their body. These things can be well over one hundred degrees below Fahrenheit, which means you can’t stay in them very long. Of course, that’s no problem, because it doesn’t take long for this cold air to do it’s thing. The cold air cools the body so much that the body sends all of the blood to the organs to keep them protected. This helps to oxygenate the blood and bring nutrients to the organs it’s keeping warm, which means the red blood cells in the body get pumped full of oxygen, nutrients, and enzymes. Once the person steps out, the blood rushes back to the rest of their body, bringing the body’s toxins with it and removing them through the skin. On top of this, the person feels a great sense of calm and euphoria, a side effect of being warmed up again.
Cryotherapy like that at Kryozen is an excellent way to treat sports injuries. Think of it like the bathtubs of ice that some athletes use, only the temperature is much colder which means the effects are even better. It not only helps to reduce swelling and inflammation in the area of the injury, but because the blood is oxygenated, it helps to heal the injury as well. There truly isn’t a better way for athletes to recover from sports injuries than to step into a cryotherapy chamber.