After winning their crucial World Cup qualifier against Austria on Saturday night, it might have been thought the Wales players would go out in Cardiff to celebrate, or maybe have a few drinks at the team hotel.
However, the post-game routine instead saw the players undergo sub-zero temperatures in order to quicken their recovery.
Stars including Gareth Bale, Joe Ledley and debut goal hero Ben Woodburn all entered a cryotherapy chamber, wearing protective gloves and masks.

Cryotherapy involves the use of very low temperatures in bodily recovery, with the cold believed to help with muscle tears and soreness, relieving pains, sprains and swellings – the standard ailments after 90 minutes of football.
Often in football this is seen in the physio room staple which is the ice bath, but the Welsh FA had something more high-tech planned for their players.
The stars instead stripped down to their shorts and boxers to enter ice chambers so cold they needed to wear protection on their faces and hands, along with woolly hats.

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CryoAction, the leading provider of whole body cryotherapy chambers to elite sports, has been shortlisted for a prestigious award. The Sports Technology Awards have nominated the company for its rapid growth in supplying a wide range of clients such as Premier League football clubs, Premiership rugby teams and leading sporting organisation across many other sporting disciplines.

” We are very honoured to have been nominated for the Sports Technology Awards,” said CryoAction co-founder Ian Saunders. “It is a recognition of the amazing work of our team and the support of our fantastic clients.”

CryoAction were nominated in the category of  Outstanding Startup and will be up against companies such as Cogran Sports, Football Whispers, ForceDecks, InCrowd & Sports Performance Tracking. The difficult job of judging the entries falls to a glittering array of elite past athletes, coaches and media personalities,  including among others Ben Ryan (Fiji Olympic Gold Medal winning 7s coach), Baroness Tammi Grey-Thompson DBE, DL (Former Paralympic and World Champion Wheelchair Racer and Member of the House of Lords) & Gareth Southgate (England Manager and Former England Football International).

The Sports Technology Awards take place on May 4th and will be held at The Roundhouse, Camden, London.



In an epic final, held at Wembley Stadium, CryoAction client Hull FC has today won the prestigious Challenge Cup. Breaking a long held hoodoo, Hull FC beat Warrington Wolves 12-10 in a closely fought battle. Hull’s stamina and passion, late in the game, carried them from a 10-0 scoreline to scoring converted tries in the second half and taking the game.

CryoAction provided the club with access to a mobile cryotherapy chamber which has been used

by the club on various occasions throughout the season thus far. In the run up to the Challenge Cup final, CryoAction supported the club directly at their training base with a series of intensive sessions linked to pre-match preparation overseen by Hull FC Head of Performance, Paul Hatton and Adam Whitney, Strength and Conditioning Coach.

CryoAction director Ian Saunders commented on the win,” We are delighted to have been able to support Hull FC in their successful Challenge Cup campaign. There is a fantastic commitment in the club to leveraging cryotherapy and the players feel the benefits in so many ways. We congratulate the players, the backroom staff and the club’s owner on their victory and wish them continued success in the SuperLeague.”

CryoAction, the leading provider of whole body cryotherapy solutions, is partnering with Football Medical Association. The association represents & promotes all medical & science personnel in professional league football.

Whole Body Cryotherapy is in use across professional football in English Premier League & Championship, German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1 & US Major League Soccer. CryoAction is supplying its units to these clubs, offering a range of solutions including fixed and mobile solutions, including rental units. The whole body cryotherapy solutions provided by the company enable rapid recovery for players suffering from fatigue and soft tissue injuries as well as helping players to meet the growing intensity of the game.

CryoAction co-founder and director, Ian Saunders said, ”We are excited to announce our partnership with Football Medical Association. We recognise the tremendous impact that medical and science personnel have on the modern game of football. Partnering with the Football Medical Association allows us to listen to this community and to adapt our solutions to meet their specific needs as well as to collaborate with association members to further the development of cryotherapy in professional football. We look forward to working with the association and its members in the future.”

Commenting on the partnership, Eamonn Salmon, Chief Executive of Football Medical Association, said, ” We are delighted to announce a partnership with CryoAction who have taken the concept of cryotherapy to new levels of application.  We very much look forward to developing our partnership and working with them over the coming seasons.”

CryoAction participated in the Football Medical Association conference 2016  held on 21 – 22 May 2016.