Cryotherapy for BJJ Recovery /// By: Ricardo Castaneda
Recovery is probably just as important for training as training itself. I tell my students all the time: “Injured athletes are worthless athletes.” If you are not taking care of yourself between training sessions, the likelihood of injury becomes greater. Inflammation and soreness are how many injuries begin. Short of say, an acute break or tear, most injuries are gradual. We tend to forget how resilient our bodies are. We work through soreness and inflammation with regularity and sometimes they go away. If you keep pushing, however, the small problems of soreness and inflammation tend to become bigger problems later. Cryotherapy for recovery can help immensely before the micro-injuries become worse.
There are many ways to take care of your body between training sessions. Eating and sleeping well are the best, most common ways. Proper diet and sleep are the bare minimum a jiu-jitsu practitioner can do to recover. After that, stretching and foam rolling can help with soreness after training. Cryotherapy (read: Cold therapy) is also a great practice for recovering from hard training sessions. Ice baths are relatively common and quite painful. A newer type of therapy, “Whole Body Cryotherapy,” however, is equally as beneficial and not quite as painful as jumping in a tub of ice.
What is Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Whole body cryotherapy (WBC) is a practice that involves standing (in most cases) in a enclosed container with your head exposed above the shoulders. The container fills up with with gas cooled by liquid nitrogen to temperatures as low as -200 to -300F . The idea is to cool the body to a temperature that will promote healing by influencing your cardiovascular system to deliver blood to your tissues that are more oxygen and nutrient rich. The result is a more effective reparation of damaged tissues.
Cryotherapy for Jiu-Jitsu
I swear by Cryotherapy. Between jiu-jitsu, judo and lifting weights, I train twice per day and go to cryotherapy between 2 and 4 times per week. I can usually tell when I am over-training because I start to develop inflammation in my shoulders and elbows. After cryotherapy, the inflammation feels much better. WBC alleviates many of my minor aches and pains from training and perhaps, even better, I have much more energy to train.
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