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From Injury to Inspiration in Healing – How A Training Team Uses Cryotherapy to Win

The Washington Redskins NFL football team has had more than its fair share of injured players over the last couple of years. Slammed with dozens of hurt players, many who didn’t play for long stretches, the Redskins head trainer Larry Hess, took a long look at how he could improve the overall fitness model he implemented for his players on and off season. Creating a state-of-the-art training and recovery center and adding cutting edge treatment modalities, Hess developed an all-star treatment balance to his training model. Plagued by injuries, the Redskins began improving and healing with therapies such as whole body cryotherapy, zero gravity chairs and float tanks in their new recovery room.

Cryotherapy has helped players recover from injuries such as ACL injuries, blown knees, torn pectorals and other muscle, deep-tissue and joint injuries. Trainer “Hess said the team reduced soft-tissue injuries — such as sprains, strains, tendinitis and damage to muscles, tendons and ligaments — by more than 50 percent last season.” [1]

Improving health and healing for the Redskins was the top of importance and the trainers stepped up to the challenge in a big way, even winning a prestigious 2018 Ed Block Courage Award NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year. award for their cutting edge recovery center and healing treatment plans. [2] They understood that the opportunity to have cryotherapy readily available to reduce inflammation and help heal injury was critical for their team.

With medical studies continuing to support the effects of cryotherapy, athletes and laypersons alike are finding natural recovery results with whole body cryotherapy. A recent study on the effects states, “Results indicated that muscle pain was reduced in 80% of studies following WBC. Two applied studies found recovery of athletic capacity and performance with WBC improved, variables of this nature were also improved in 71% of studies using controlled exercise. Further benefits of WBC treatment included reduction of systemic inflammation and lower concentrations of markers for muscle cell damage.” [3]

The Washington Redskins training team stepped up to the challenge of healing a long list of injured players and getting them back into a healthy lifestyle both on and off the field. They knew the power of whole body cryotherapy and other treatments would sustain their players and reduce injuries for the future. Professional athletes value cryotherapy as a way not only to recover from injury, but to help them perform at the top of their bodies’ potential.

[1] https://www.apnews.com/508fef72700f455d98280e6559b8afa9

[2] https://www.redskins.com/news/redskins-training-staff-earns-ed-block-training-staff-of-the-yearaward

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29161748