How Cryotherapy played a part in the football career of Jamie Vardy
“Foxes never quit!” This has been the cry of Leicester City, last season’s Premier League champions. Epitomising the never say die spirit of the club is its best-known Number 9, Jamie Vardy. Almost a decade ago, he was combining his day job at a medical supplies factory with his nascent football career. His first club was Stocksbridge Park Steels, near Sheffield, who play in the Evo-Stik First Division South, Step 4 in non-league football’s National League System. Continue reading “Cryotherapy and Jamie Vardy: Its Part In His Career”
Nice to see our CryoAction Whole Body cryotherapy chamber being used by the team at Leicester City and featured on Sky Sports News recently. Fantastic team spirit there and great people to work with.
Premier League top scorer, Jamie Vardy and teammates are seen using the -135°C cryotherapy chamber and seem to be enjoying it!
For more information on our installation at Leicester City and interviews with players and physios, please click here.
CryoAction client, Leicester City Football Club, currently topping the English Premier League, have taken delivery of their new Whole Body Cryotherapy chamber. The unit will be in use as a key component of Leicester City’s recovery and rehabilitation programme for the club’s first , U-21 and academy team players.
The 7 metre purpose- built unit has been installed adjacent to the club’s gymnasium and features a number of special features designed to take full advantage of the new equipment.
The whole body cryotherapy unit delivers treatments to up to 3 player at a time, delivering a 3 minute cycle at temperatures as low as -135°C. The air inside the chamber is cooled by liquid nitrogen and the process is overseen by the team’s medical staff
While in the chamber, the players are treated for the fatigue from intensive training, match day exertions and travel tiredness as well a counteracting any soft tissue injuries that they may have picked up. The players’ body reacts to the extreme cold with a natural reaction called vasocontsriction. This process works by cooling the surface of the skin and the underlying tissues, causing the narrowing of blood vessels and counteracting inflammation, a biological response of tissue and cells to injury and cellular damage. Inflammation is a protective attempt by the body to reduce the impact of soft tissue injury and to kick start the healing process. However, the same receptors involved in pain are also present in inflammation, leading to a cyclical reaction causing the inflammation. These chemical signals released by damaged cells result in dilation of blood vessels, accumulation of white blood cells, warming of tissue and swelling. Cryotherapy combats their response by constricting the blood vessels, thus decreasing inflammation. As well as reducing the swelling and resulting pain, cryotherapy can also reduce the loss of function, the potential for muscle spasms and decreases the impact of any long term cellular damage.
The club has enjoyed the use of a loan unit since pre-season and the use of whole body cryotherapy has become an integral feature of the club’s training programme, with most players accessing the unit on a daily basis.
We wish Leicester continued good fortune for the season ahead.
Jamie Vardy, who on Saturday equalled the record for the number of goals scored in consecutive Premier League games, has attributed his presence in the game to Leicester City’s investment in a whole body cryotherapy chamber from CryoAction.
Speaking following scoring an amazing 10 goals in a recent run of 10 successive Premier League games, Jamie said that he might not have been on the pitch, had it not been for a spell in a cryotherapy chamber as he recovers from a hip problem.
Jamie admitted: “I was very close to not playing, I’m not going to lie. Credit to the physios, they were literally working on me constantly. It was frustrating missing the England games but there was no point in risking it. I’d have loved to have played but it gave me a week off to recover.
“Obviously the cryo chamber that we’ve got at the training ground came in useful.
“It is absolutely freezing but it helps you in your recovery, so fair play to the club for getting that in.”
The whole body cryotherapy chamber provided by CryoAction to Leicester City Football Club provides an extreme cold treatment to enable rapid recovery and rehabilitation. The 3 minute treatment is delivered at temperatures as low as -150*C and promotes the reduction of the impact on soft tissue injuries such as the groin problem that could have kept Jamie out of the game and brought his record equalling run to an end.
CryoAction director, Ian Saunders commented, “Obviously we are delighted to have played a role in helping Jamie Vardy in his fantastic record equalling run. This validation from the Premier League’s leading striker is indicative of the benefits that clubs get from installing a CryoAction whole body cryotherapy chamber and the reason why other clubs are now following Leicester City’s example”.
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