Watford FC has become the first Premier League football club to install and use a permanent cryotherapy chamber thanks to a new business venture between BOC and CryoAction.
The alliance will see the UK’s leading industrial and medical gases business team up with the leading provider of permanent whole body cryotherapy solutions to provide such treatments for a range of domestic and international squads.
Under the new union, the companies have supplied permanent cryotherapy chambers and liquid nitrogen (N2) gas as part of CryoAction’s -135°C recovery treatment at Watford’s stadium in London. Ben Dixon, Sports Scientist at the Hornets, enthused, “By maximising the speed of recovery it allows the players to maintain and improve their physical performance throughout the season whilst minimising the risk of injury. The installation of the new cryotherapy chamber at the Club’s training ground will ensure we continue to benefit from this in the future.”
The treatment, which can last up to two minutes and exposes athletes to short bursts of Baltic temperatures, has been scientifically proven to help speed up player’s recovery times and reduce inflammation in joints. The therapy is seen as a major improvement from traditional ice bath methods, which suddenly submerges the athlete in ice-cold water, as the dryness of cryotherapy treatment negates any potential shock factor.
Michael Toole, Cryotherapy Manager of UK-based BOC, explained, “The world’s best sports teams and leisure centres are incorporating cryotherapy treatments into their strength, conditioning and recovery regimes. We have worked with Watford over the past year, providing our mobile cryotherapy chamber to help recovery during last season’s Championship promotion campaign.”
The world’s best sports teams and leisure centres are incorporating cryotherapy treatments into their strength, conditioning and recovery regimes
“Now an established Premier League side, Watford has incorporated cryotherapy as a permanent fixture in its training plans to help keep the whole squad fit and healthy for seasons to come.”
As part of the deal, Linde’s wholly owned subsidiary will also become the preferred liquid N2 gas supplier across the entirety of CryoAction’s permanent cryotherapy chambers installed at stadiums, training grounds and sports complexes, whilst CryoAction will be BOC’s supplier of choice for installed solutions.
More and more teams and tournaments around the world are turning to whole body liquid N2 systems for increasingly quicker recuperation periods. Recently, Air Products’ subsidiary Carburos Metalicos, also rolled out a N2 recovery system – the Whole Body Cryochamber (WBC) – which was used at the Open Banc Sababell tennis tournament in Spain last month.