Cryotherapy machines are the newest addition to Georgia's training facilities according to a statement released by UGA Athletics on Monday. The state-of-the-art equipment is essentially a shorter, more effective version of ice baths. According to the statement by UGA, it's a method used "worldwide" by athletes in a number of different fields to help repair after workouts and increase energy.
“Our student-athletes in all sports train extremely hard and recovery is a critical part of our overall program,” Ron Courson, UGA's Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine, said. “Whole body cooling is new technology which provides an outstanding recovery option. We are excited about the capabilities with this new technology for our student-athletes, not only just with recovery but with treatment and rehabilitation as well.”
The machines function by having an athlete stand on a platform in such a way inside a chamber that his head is sticking out. The temperature inside the chamber is then dropped to negative 120 to 140 degrees Celsius with nitrogen vapor. The treatment lasts a maximum of three minutes but the body reheats almost immediately after being removed from the chamber.
“For decades, ice baths have been the recovery therapy of choice forcollegiate and professional athletes,” said Richard E. Otto, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Impact Cryotherapy. “Rather than endure 20 minutes in a tub of ice water, they can spend three minutes in our whole body cryotherapy chamber to achieve better, faster results. Athletes love it!”
The addition of this new equipment comes on the heels of the approval for a $30.2 million indoor practice facility, an increase in the size of support staff, coaching staff salaries, and the overall football budget.