Cryotherapy the Wave of the Future for Healing Athletes?
When you think of cryogenics, you probably think of two things: Austin Powers and Ted Williams. Now your opinion of it will probably change.
Cryotherapy has been receiving a lot of attention in sports circles recently. What is it you ask? It’s the use of extremely cold temperatures to help the body heal. Think of it as a super ice bath, only one that gets to much lower temperatures and in much less time.
Two NBA teams use the Cryon-X therapy (the Mavs are one of them). There’s also one at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando where Darren Sharper recently tried it out. Luckily the Orlando Sentinel provided a video for us so we could see what it’s all about:
The machines cost $50,000 and they use about $5 worth of nitrogen per session. It’s not something the average weekend warrior can afford, but it sounds like a pretty good investment for sports teams. I wouldn’t be surprised to see football teams start using it.