Sky Bet Championship team are first to incorporate pioneering extreme-cold cryotherapy available through BOC's unique mobile treatment facility into their training regimes for 2014/15 season.
Wednesday 20th August, Hertfordshire – Today BOC, the UK's leading industrial and medical gases and technologies business, took the stars from Watford FC through a cryotherapy recovery treatment to help them recover from last night's win at Rotherham United. The session, run at the Sopwell House Hotel, is part of a new partnership between the club and BOC which will see the treatments incorporated into their training regimes for many months to come.
Cryotherapy sees athletes exposed to short bursts of -135°C; this 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.
Ben Dixon, Sports Scientist at Watford said: “The partnership with BOC has been working well to date during the opening few weeks of the season and we feel it can only flourish and improve as the campaign continues. How the players recover from competitive first-team games is vitally important and we feel this recovery programme will benefit the squad during the long season. The use of the BOC cryotherapy chamber is new for football but is a positive step forward to assist in the players’ post-match recovery. We look forward to our relationship with BOC developing during the season.”
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: “Cryotherapy's ability to improve recovery from the small strains and pains picked up during regular physical sport makes it ideal to help Watford's players through a tough season of professional football. We believe the exciting new partnership with Watford can really make a difference on the pitch and the player's feedback following the first couple of sessions has been great. 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
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.