Is cryotherapy the secret to keeping Royals players healthy?

Max Rieper, Royals Review

Outside, the temperatures are frigid in Kansas City and in most of the Midwest. However it is not nearly as cold as the temperatures Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon, and other Royals players are subjected to when they use cryotherapy to rejuvenate their bodies during the season. Last season, Eric Hosmer used cryotherapy from Miami-based Ice Cryo, and this year the Royals have selected cryotherapy systems from Atlanta-based Impact Cryotherapy to treat their players.

"I’m a big fan of cryotherapy and the benefits it offers athletes including recovering from both daily demands and injury," said Nick Kenney, the Royals Head Athletic Trainer. "Winning the World Series was an incredible experience, which means our team will have very high expectations for the 2016 season. With Impact Cryotherapy, the ability to train harder and recover faster in order to help the team prepare for another successful year was extremely attractive to us as an organization."

Whole-body cryotherapy (WBC), like the kind the Royals will use to treat players, involves enclosing the entire body in a chamber and exposing it to extremely cold dry air at temperatures as low as -300 degrees Fahrenheit in two- to five-minute intervals. According to Impact Cryotherapy,"the user stands on an adjustable platform inside the chamber so his/her head remains outside the chamber. The chamber is filled with nitrogen vapor, which drops the temperature to a range of (minus) -120°C to -140°C and temporarily lowers the temperature of the skin’s top layer. The treatment lasts a maximum of three minutes before the Impact Cryotherapy unit automatically turns off."

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