Client Spotlight – Manchester United

Manchester United installed four CryoSpas in the past year for players to be able to recover after training and after home matches at Old Trafford. It’s an honour for us at CET CryoSpas to provide recovery equipment to such a successful club.

Manchester United compete in the English Premier League, one of the more prestigious football leagues in the world. Their honors include:

  • 20 League Titles
  • 12 FA Cups
  • 5 League Cups
  • 21 Community Shields
  • 3 European Cups
  • 1 UEFA Cup Winners Cup
  • 1 UEFA Super Cup
  • 1 Intercontinental Cup
  • 1 FIFA Club World Cup

Things have been rocky for the club since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013. Following the appointments of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho now seems to be taking the club back in the right direction.

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Manchester United use the CryoSpa Sport. This model can hold up to 4 players at a time. A combination of cold water and targeted internal massage jets allow the muscles to recover after a grueling training session. This means the players are on top form that that next important match!

The CryoSpa Sport is not just for Pogba and Ibrahimovic though…  adding a CryoSpa to your existing Sports Therapy/Massage or Physiotherapy practice can be a nice little money earner as well. Recovery sessions are 10 minutes long. At £10 per person, per session, you could vastly increase your income with minimal hands on effort.

For more information on the CryoSpa Sport, click here.

For more information on income generation, please email me via catherine@cetcryospas.com

 

Capital FM Triple Marathon Challenge

Last week, Claire Chambers of Capital FM undertook a mammoth challenge. She ran three marathons in three consecutive days in aid of Global’s Make Some Noise.

Make Some Noise is a charity that helps to change young lives. They do this by supporting specially selected projects all around the United Kingdom by giving them funding and encouraging young people to get involved in their communities.

It’s a great charity. To make a donation, click here.

After Claire completed her challenge, she was able to use the CET CryoSpa to help her aching limbs recover. CryoSpas use cold moving water and salt water to promote post exercise recovery.

Here is a link to a video of Claire using the CryoSpa: Capital FM Triple Marathon Challenge

Claire Chambers: Twitter
Capital FM: Facebook
Make Some Noise!
CET CryoSpas Website

 

ELEVATE

When: 10-11 May 2017
Where: Excel Arena, London

CET CryoSpas are exhibiting this year at the Elevate show in London. Elevate is the largest cross-sector in the UK and aims to bring together he physical activity sector, academia, healthcare, policy makers, local authorities and performance experts to focus on an increasingly important and complex societal challenge: tackling physical inactivity.

Here are this years key themes:

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We hope to see you there!

The Ice Bath Debate

The debate on the use of ice baths, or cold-water immersion (CWI), rages on with many pundits claiming it is good and others claiming it is not.

The answer depends on the stage of training and the main objective of that training.
If you are in the pre-competition phase of training and the main objective is to build power then there is research [Jonathan Leeder & Marco Cardinale support this view, for example] indicating that restricting CWI during this phase increases the adaptation effect i.e. your muscles will adapt to the increased workload faster if the body is allowed to contend with the inflammation and micro-tears naturally without the intervention of CWI.

However, if you are tapering the workload toward an upcoming competitive event or if you are in the competitive part of the season then the main focus shifts to recovery and minimising fatigue rather than power building and in these circumstances research indicates CWI will be beneficial.

The key word here is fatigue.

Fatigue is the main precursor of injury and is also a major performance inhibitor. Consequently, the fitness coach’s objective is to maximise fitness and minimise fatigue in order to aid performance and lower the risk of injury.

And the main strategies for combating fatigue: Good Sleep, Good Diet, Hydration and Cold Water Immersion [per Gregory Dupont, FIFA Sports Injury Summit at Wembley April 2013].

The argument is further complicated in team sports where skill, tactics and pre-planned moves need to be coached on the training pitch. In these sports the coach will want the players to be mentally alert and physically prepared to benefit fully from the coaching session, not hobbling around only partially recovered from the previous day’s training. In this instance there may be a conflict of interest where the fitness coach is trying to maximise adaptation while the team coach wants the players recovered sufficiently to benefit fully from the training session, therefore, CWI may be restricted rather than eliminated to cater for both objectives.

So is CWI good or bad?
Raven Klaasen and Rejeev Ram
The answer depends on the part of the season and the main objective of the current training regime. In the competitive phase of the season CWI will help minimise fatigue and aid recovery, thereby improving performance and lowering the risk of injury. In the pre-season, or power-building phase, of training CWI may adversely affect the adaptive response.

So it is appropriate use of CWI immersion that is the key.
© Colin Edgar, July 2015

 

5 Last Minute Marathon Tips

We are now well into Marathon season. With that in mind, here are a few last minute tips to consider ahead of your big race.

1. Consider your running outfit.

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Fitness fashion is on trend. Long gone are the days of plain white trainers! Maybe you have purchased yourself some snazzy new gear to wear on the day of your marathon. If so, it is important to wear it several times pre-event. Those new shorts could chafe or those bright pink trainers could leave you with blisters. Banish discomfort by ensuring every item you wear is familiar.

2. Compile a playlist.

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On the night before the run, make a playlist of all your favourite songs. These should be songs that make you feel inspired, motivated and happy. Make sure it’s long enough to last the whole race!

3. Arrive early.

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Arrive at the starting line well before the actual beginning of the race. This will reduce the stress involved with being late. It will also ensure you have the most positive start to the race possible.

4. Know where your supporters will be.

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Ask your friends and family where they will watch the race. If you know where they will be, you can focus on running towards them. Seeing a friendly face and shout of encouragement can help you to keep going.

5. Enjoy it!

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The race will be over before you know it. Make sure you enjoy your day and look after yourself afterwards. Eat a healthy meal, keep hydrated and of course, take an ice bath! Your muscles will be tender in the days following the race. Taking an ice bath will reduce pain and inflammation. The stairs may not be such a chore after all!