Until recently, athletes have been forced to slow down and even retire at very young ages. In fact, the average professional athlete retires around age 33.
No one wants to be forced to retire early, and even more than that, no one wants to accept the fact that their bodies simply can’t handle the same stress of workouts and games they’ve been able to handle in the past.
“As you become an older athlete, no matter how good you are, recovery takes longer, and staying in shape becomes more difficult. But the NovoTHOR bed helps sustain athletes and make careers longer.” – Justin Gatlin, US Olympian
While older athletes may no longer be at their prime, recovery modalities are helping keep them in the game longer by keeping them healthier and stronger.
Here are 4 ways recovery modalities can help keep athletes active and playing longer, even as they get older:
- The NovoTHOR bed helps sustain athletes. Justin Gatlin, US Olympian, explains, “as you become an older athlete, no matter how good you are, recovery takes longer, and staying in shape becomes more difficult. But the NovoTHOR bed helps sustain athletes and make careers longer.” The NovoTHOR light bed uses PBM therapy to appy red and near-infrared light to tissue where there is degeneration or injury. This helps improve, repair, and reduce inflammation and pain.
- New modalities help athletes recover faster. Many older athletes are used to ice baths and other recovery techniques that take longer. Doesn’t a 3-minute cryotherapy session sound much better than a 15-minute ice bath?
- It’s about more than just the game. It’s longevity in the game but also life after the game. Cryotherapy and PBM therapy can help treat and prevent chronic pain and injury, and can help athletes beyond just their game performances. Working now to prevent injuries and helping our bodies recover properly can only help us in the future.
- It’s more bearable. Tyson Chandler of the Phoenix Suns explains that as a young athlete, his goal was to stay out of the training room. Now it’s a precautionary measure to stay ahead of the curve and use the newest therapies to get an edge. It used to be much tougher to remain consistent (we don’t blame you — no one likes ice baths). New modalities like cryotherapy and PBM therapy are quick, efficient, and much more bearable.
If your athletes could benefit from new recovery modalities like PBM therapy and cryotherapy, we’d love to partner with you. Let us know what type of recovery would be best for your athletes and we’ll get started.