Stéphane Penso shares his advice for athletes of all kinds whose padel players are no exception. Today we are talking about this accelerated recovery technique that is cryotherapy.
The objective of CEC (Whole Body Cryotherapy) is to create a thermal shock which generates vasoconstriction and stimulation of the thermal receptors of the dermis. This thermal shock mainly has an analgesic effect by slowing the inflammatory conduction by lowering the tissue temperature.
In therapy, cryotherapy is used to treat pain (after a sprain, a tear, a blow or tendinopathy).
As a wellness cure, it helps muscle recovery, reduce fatigue and promote sleep.
Concerning the sportsman, it finds its place in physical preparation or during intense training period:
- Cryotherapy is effective during recovery after a competition
- Effective when looking for performance
- Effective in reducing healing time after injury or after surgery
- It is a faster return aid to the high level of competition
What are the consequences for our body after a cryotherapy session?
- In the blood, the cold retracts the blood vessels which then expand when they leave the room. This reaction causes changes in blood flow and oxygenation of muscle tissue
- In terms of injuries, getting as low in temperature causes 2 effects: anesthesia of the skin receptors and a decrease in the speed of transmission of nerve impulses since the intervention of cold takes priority
- The cold releases endorphins, these hormones that give us this feeling of well-being
- The cold releases anti-inflammatory molecules therefore helps recovery
- Slow heart rate
Performing cryotherapy sessions are therefore beneficial for our body, both in recovery, pain treatment or simply to give us a boost.
We strongly advise you to turn to professionals who will supervise you and adapt the temperature to your needs (not everyone can stand a -50ºC).
On the other hand, you can take advantage of the winter temperatures and your next stay in the mountains to spend 3 minutes in a swimsuit in the snow. It’s more archaic but it’s always good.
Julien Bondia is a padel teacher in Tenerife. He is the founder of AvantagePadel.net, a software very appreciated by clubs and padel players. Columnist and advisor, he helps you play better through his many padel tutorials.