The England Rugby League squad’s success in the Rugby League World Cup 2013 is continuing and, with the semi-finals against New Zealand due to take place at Wembley Stadium on 23 November, one of the tools the players are using to help improve their performance on the pitch is BOC’s Mobile Cryotherapy Chamber.
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 - hence the England Rugby League squad has been including BOC’s cryotherapy treatment chamber in their post-match recovery programme.
Kevin Sinfield, England Captain, has chosen to use the chamber for three sessions in a one half-hour period during his training regime. Commenting on the cryotherapy chamber, Kevin said: “The benefits are immense for elite athletes. I have noticed a difference in my recovery and feel more refreshed after an intense game or training session. The other major benefit for me is that I get a better night’s sleep after cryo treatment, which enables me to prepare more efficiently each day. As a professional athlete, I would recommend cryotherapy treatment as part of any fitness regime.”
Steve McNamara, Head Coach to the 23-man squad, added: “We introduced the BOC Cryotherapy Chamber 12 months ago and become a trailblazer in developing the treatments as part of our recovery. During tournament time we will use the chamber up to three times per week with around three treatments each day after field and gym sessions. Through our medical research, we have noticed a marked improvement in reducing recovery times. It is only a small part of our preparation during this Rugby League World Cup but we see it as an integral part of our efforts in getting the players ready for every match during an intense schedule of matches.”
Developed by BOC, a member of The Linde Group, the world’s first Mobile Cryotherapy Chamber was launched earlier this year by the industrial and medical gases business and represents a step-change in improving recovery times and supporting more intense training regimes.
Users of the BOC Cryochamber - up to two at a time - move freely about in the chamber’s dry atmosphere for three minutes - less than a third of the time that’s required with a conventional ice bath treatment (a long established but notoriously uncomfortable treatment for sports injuries). The cryotherapy treatment involves exposing athletes to a temperature initially of -60 °C for 30 seconds in a pre-cool chamber and then 2 minutes at -135°C in the main chamber. While based on the same principles - that cold aids recovery - Whole Body Cryotherapy does not subject the user to the shock and discomfort of being submerged in ice cold water.
Mark Bitcon, England’s Strength and Conditioning Coach, said: “We are always looking for that extra edge in our elite preparation and since we introduced cryotherapy treatment over a year ago we have seen tremendous benefits to the players recovery. We have a mutually beneficial partnership with BOC and their staff. We have great demands on the utilisation of the treatments and BOC are always on hand to help with our efforts in developing the best prepared national squad ever to come out of England. I can’t thank them enough for the support we receive.”
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.
Michael Toole, Cryotherapy Manager BOC said: “BOC is extremely proud to support the England Rugby League World cup squad and is delighted that the England players are experiencing the recovery benefits of the company’s unique mobile cryotherapy treatment.”
About BOC’s Mobile Cryotherapy Chamber
Reported physical benefits BOC’s Mobile Cryotherapy Chamber include significant reductions in rheumatic, muscle and joint pain and reduced inflammation, as well as improved sleep and higher energy levels. Wider physiological effects can induce beneficial chemical reactions in the blood to speed up recovery after intense exercise. Key features of the 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 -60ºC ‘pre-chamber’, which athletes spend 30 seconds in before entering the main -135ºC 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.