BOC Cryotherapy team takes Saracens RFC players down to -135°C to aid physical preparation for Heineken Cup Final
Aviva Premiership finalists have benefited this season from the physiological effects of their pioneering use of extreme-cold cryotherapy available through BOC's unique mobile treatment facility
On Friday 23rd May, BOC, the UK's leading industrial and medical gases and technologies business, visited the Saracens RFC training ground in St Albans to take players through a final cryotherapy treatment ahead of their Heineken Cup final against Toulon on Saturday 24th May.
The treatment, which sees athletes exposed to short bursts of -135°C, speeds up injury recovery times and gets sportsmen and women back in training days ahead of schedule after the rigours of competitive action. It represents a major step forward from traditional ice-bath treatments, reducing cold temperature exposure time by more than a third. In addition the dryness of the chamber avoids the shock and discomfort of submergence in ice-cold water, creating a far more pleasant overall experience.
Highly intensive training can make a significant difference to an elite athlete’s performance and a faster post-match recovery rate enables them to return to training earlier. Developed by BOC, a member of The Linde Group, the world’s first Mobile Cryotherapy Chamber represents a step-change in improving recovery times and supporting more intense training regimes. After just three minutes in the chamber users experience acute pain relief that aids recovery. Athletes have also reported reductions in rheumatism, muscle and joint pain and reduced inflammation for several weeks following the treatment that together increase comfort and get them training at one hundred percent well ahead of schedule.
Michael Toole, Cryotherapy Manager BOC said: “It's been wonderful working with Saracens and helping them achieve so much in what has been an incredibly successful season. The players’ feedback has been great with many remarking on the increased comfort compared to more traditional ice cold water treatments and we are delighted they have seen the benefit of the enhanced recovery provided by our unique mobile cryotherapy treatment. As the UK’s most experienced handler of cryogenic gases, BOC is uniquely placed to bring this revolutionary treatment in the safest and most convenient way to customers across the UK sport, leisure and health industries."
About BOC’s Mobile Cryotherapy Chamber
Key features of the BOC cryochamber include:
A two-person chamber, large enough to allow athletes to walk around during the treatment, further improving the comfort of the experience.
A -60°C ‘pre-chamber’, which athletes spend 30 seconds in before entering the main -135°C chamber for two minutes.
A robust air monitoring kit and a BOC onsite expert operator fully trained in cryogenic gas handling who ensures user safety at all times.
A specially designed BOC Cryotherapy trailer to allow the chamber to be taken anywhere in the country.