Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen in sports has become more prevalent in today’s collegiate and professional realm. Mild HBO therapy provides a highly effective way to increase the volume of oxygen in the blood and thus increase the many beneficial effects that oxygen has on the body. It allows the body to get the oxygen it needs to create ATP for energy and flush out the lactic acid that causes muscle fatigue. The elevated oxygen levels help athletes increase performance and recover more quickly after a workout. Increased oxygen delivery to the brain facilitates brain function, and enhances an athlete’s ability to make split-second decisions that could be a difference in the outcome of a game.
"Stomach problems, constantly on antibiotics, cervical spinal stenosis and f-f-fibromyalgia.” The patient is listing her physical ailments through chattering teeth. Her skin temperature is 55 degrees Celsius—and she’s thrilled. Encased in the ironically named Cryosauna, the Wayne resident smiles as its temperature gauge hits -131 C. But after several months of treatments at Wayne’s Restore Chiropractic....
In the lead-up to his marquee boxing match against undefeated Floyd Mayweather on Aug. 26, Conor McGregor is utilizing a new, tech-laden training facility at UFC’s campus in Las Vegas. The UFC Performance Institute, which opened in May, offers mixed martial arts fighters like McGregor a space to use innovative fitness solutions in their training for major fights. The 30,000-square-foot training center is free to all of UFC’s banner fighters and includes rooms for cryotherapy, physical therapy, saunas, hot and cold plunges, and an indoor/outdoor track. Those are just the standard amenities.
'I made a mistake, I'm embarrassed by it,' admitted Klitschko, who took to Instagram on Sunday to reveal that he is using a cryosauna as part of his pre-fight preparations. He wrote: 'You think you really know what cold is? Cryosauna, -150C gives you one of the best recoveries for your body and mind.' Athletes use whole body cryotherapy as an alternative to ice baths or cold water immersion as it is thought to aid recovery from delayed onset muscle soreness. Klitschko posted a picture of himself stood in the freezing cold cryosauna whilst wearing a protective face mask, hat and gloves.......................
If there’s one thing we’ve learnt from professional cycling in the past decade or so, it’s that athletes are willing to look beyond the training track to find ways of improving their performance. But as Ben Griffin writes, there is a way of fast-tracking improvement that isn’t illegal (unless you’re in Italy): altitude training. Whether it be elite endurance athletes (cyclists, triathletes, runners) preparing for a major competition, or AFL football teams at a pre-season training camp, athletes from different sports and from all around the world are using altitude training more than ever before.
After 13 seasons and more than 9,800 pitches in the major leagues, Washington Nationals closer Rafael Soriano has earned the right to be one of the last players to get to the stadium. But long before he reaches Nationals Park before a home game, Soriano has been preparing his body for another day of work. In the basement of his rented house in Chevy Chase, Soriano begins a typical day of a night game with a workout, followed by a massage. He then zips himself into a cylinder called a hyperbaric chamber, pulls on a breathing mask and spends the next 90 minutes or so resting in an oxygen-rich environment.
I’m always on the lookout for jet lag remedies, so when I learned about mild hyperbaric oxygen treatment as a growing trend for treating the ill-effects of air travel and time-zone changes, I knew I wanted to test it out. Here’s the lowdown on my experience. Inflight Air Pressure Airplane cabins are pressurized so that when you’re at cruising altitude (36,000 to 40,000 feet), the air pressure in the cabin is equal to about what you’d experience at 6,000 to 8,000 feet above sea level. The reduced air pressure means the amount of oxygen in your blood is lower than it would be at sea level. If you’ve ever spent time at high altitudes, you’re likely familiar with the fatigue, headaches, and insomnia that come with reduced oxygen. Add this to the dehydration of air travel and the challenge of shifting time zones and it begins to make sense why jet lag is such a beast.
IT was hard not to question my sanity as I shrugged off my warm dressing gown and stepped into the ironically named cryo sauna which would soon immerse me in a freezing cloud of liquid nitrogen. Wearing only bathers and a mandatory pair of fluffy ugg boots and gloves, it already felt pretty chilly when I entered the futuristic open-topped chamber. But I experienced a sudden sense of dread when I was informed the machine had not been turned on yet.
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – As if their lungs weren’t reminder enough, New England Patriots players are greeted with this reminder each time they walk into their locker room this week while practicing at the Air Force Academy: “Warning: Lack of Oxygen.” The blue sign, with white bold letters, hangs in the north tunnel at Falcon Stadium. Another sign above the locker room door describes hypoxia, “A condition where the body as a whole is deprived of oxygen.” The condition, the sign reads in red, underlined letters, is “potentially fatal.” The signs might intimidate teams who travel here to play the Air Force football team, but they are also a reminder of why the Patriots have chosen to spend the week between last week’s game against the Denver Broncos and Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders.