CryoSpa Sport Ice Baths

The premier ice bath solution

The CryoSpa Sport offers optimum ice bath therapy and has proven to be an integral part of recovery strategy for many professional sports clubs, stadiums and elite sports facilities, accelerating athlete recovery, minimising fatigue and lowering the risk of injury.

Ideal for two to four athletes, it has 20 jets and a unique patent protected design. The temperature of the CryoSpa Sport can be controlled down to 1°C / 34°F, which enables you to set a temperature to accommodate the requirements of the athletes.

Whether your athletes, or your team, need to recover quickly for the next match, or competitive round, or they have sustained soft tissue trauma the CryoSpa Sport delivers faster recovery and superior therapeutic effect when compared to traditional cold tubs and cold plunge pools.

Maximise your athletes performance with the CryoSpa Sport cold tub

Your squad of athletes can now benefit from the same recovery modalities used by professional sports teams and elite facilities including AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Legia Warsaw, Manchester City FC, Toronto Blue Jays, Brooklyn Nets, Manchester United, Anderlecht, Wembley Stadium and Wimbledon (Tennis) to name a few.

The benefits of the CryoSpa Sport are numerous for high performance athletes: the digitally controlled temperature delivered via a high-performance chiller, combined with the unique positioning of the jets maximises the therapeutic effect keeping players on top of their game. All these factors form an integral part of the recovery strategy, delivering optimum athlete recovery1, which minimises fatigue2 and lowers the risk of injury3.

Tip for teams: the flexibility of the CET CryoSpa Sport is particularly important if you have a diverse range of players with varying tolerances for cold! See the Team CryoSpa Sport for further information.

Benefits for Athletes

  • Shorter recovery time post-exercise.
  • Faster resolution of soft tissue injuries.
  • Reduces fatigue – lowers the risk of injury.
  • Treats muscle / joint soreness, strain and inflammation.
  • Promotes neural and cardio vascular system recovery.

Benefits for Staff

  • Easy to maintain saving on labour and cost.
  • Effective filtration keeps the water clear.
  • Digitally controlled chiller maintains the water temperature.
  • Quiet operation.
  • Short treatment times due to intense cold.

Features include

  • Temperature range from 1C to 14C [34F to 55F].
  • Hydrostatic pressure and 20 Massage Jets.
  • Penetrating cold for effective therapy and short treatment times.
  • High salt concentration aids infection control.
  • 100 sq ft filtration keeps the water clear.
  • High quality low temperature digitally controlled chiller.
  • Stainless steel safety rail and steps.
  • Two year guarantee on spa body.
 

You can vary the therapy according to your requirements

  • Simply chill in the water without the massage jets on for a less intense ice bath experience.
  • Turn the 20 massage jets on for penetrating cold and the optimum post-exercise recovery.
  • Adjust the air nozzles to minimize or maximize the massage effect.
  • Opening the air nozzles fully maximizes the power of the massage giving an optimum therapeutic effect ideal for post-exercise recovery.

Four Treatment Modalities

  • Sit on top for ankle therapy
  • Stand on internal step for submersion to mid-thigh
  • Stand in deep end for submersion to waist depth
  • Sit on internal step for full body submersion

Power

  • 230v / 1 / 50hz
  • 230v / 1 / 60hz
  • 115v / 1 / 60hz

Dimensions

  • CryoSpa:
    c. 1.55m x 0.8m x 1.2m [L x W x H]
    c. 61″ x 32″ x 48″
  • Steps: c. 0.55m wide (c. 22″)

Weight

  • Empty: c. 200 kg / 441 lbs
  • Full: c. 750 kg / 1650 lbs

Jets

  • 20 Massage Jets
  • 1.5kw Jet Pump

Steps & Rails

  • Stainless Steel Steps and Safety Rails

Chiller

  • Low noise low temperature chiller

Optional

  • Stainless steel brackets for wall mounting the chiller.
  • Space saving ladder instead of steps.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Why do footballers take ice baths?

It is quite commonly stated that ice baths reduce lactic acid but this is not the case. Lactic acid, or lactate, occurs when the body gets into an oxygen debt situation i.e. is functioning anaerobically. When the level of activity ceases, or reduces sufficiently, in simple terms the body can acquire surplus oxygen, which is used to convert the lactic acid back to its normal pyruvate / pyruvic acid state.

According to Gregory Dupont, who presented at the FIFA sponsored Sports Injury Summit held at Wembley in 2013 the main precursor of injury is fatigue. Further research investigated the common strategies for aiding recovery, minimising fatigue and, thereby, lowering the risk of injury.

The conclusion was good diet, good sleep, hydration [all lifestyle factors] plus cold water immersion were the main scientifically proven methods of aiding recovery and minimising fatigue.

The other side of the coin is performance and here we find that fatigue inhibits performance. So if we can manage fatigue by improving fitness and aiding recovery the outcome is improved performance and lowered risk of injury.

What is the optimum temperature for ice bath recovery?

Ice bath therapy is a factor of time and temperature. The higher the temperature the longer is the required duration.

In the past most researchers used a time of 10, 15 or even 20 minutes at typically 10C to 15C [50F to 59F]. The problem with the longer sessions is that the temperature is not maintained unless you constantly add more ice. And the colder water floats at the top unless you constantly stir the water. In practice, most people sit still as the body warms the water around the skin making it more tolerable.

However, this strategy can be counter-productive as the generally recognised therapeutic tissue temperature of 12C to 15C cannot be readily achieved in traditional ice baths.

Modern ice baths do not use ice but have a digitally controlled chiller maintaining the temperature at a pre-set level throughout the therapy session. This enables both lower temperatures and shorter sessions to achieve an improved therapeutic effect.

Also, when the ice bath has jets, like the CryoSpa, there is chilling by both conduction and convection (wind chill) leading to a much more penetrating cold and ensuring the tissue is chilled to the therapeutic level.

Many elite football clubs, rugby clubs and Olympic training facilities are now using temperatures in the 6C to 10C (42F to 50F) range with some even as low as 4C (39F). When combined with the windchill effect the therapy sessions are most often in the 3 to 6 minute range.

Should I use an ice bath after every training session?

The debate on the use of ice baths, or cold-water immersion, rages on with many pundits claiming it is good and others claiming it is not.

The answer depends on the stage of training the athlete is at and the main objective of that training block.

If you are in the pre-competition phase of training and the main objective is to build power then there is research indicating that ice baths (and other micro-strategies for minimising training responses, such as anti-oxidant supplementation) during this phase may limit the adaptation effect i.e. your muscles will adapt to the increased workload faster if the body is allowed to contend with the inflammation and micro-tears naturally without the intervention of cold water immersion.

However, if you are tapering the workload toward an upcoming competitive event or if you are in the competitive part of the season then the main focus shifts to recovery and minimising fatigue rather than power building and in these circumstances research indicates the use of ice baths will be beneficial.

The key word here is fatigue. Fatigue is the main precursor of injury and is also a major performance inhibitor. Consequently, the fitness coach’s objective is to maximise fitness and minimise fatigue in order to maximise performance and lower the risk of injury.

And the main strategies for combating fatigue: Good Sleep, Good Diet, Hydration and Cold Water Immersion [per Gregory Dupont, FIFA Sports Injury Summit, Wembley Stadium, April 2013].

The argument is further complicated in team sports where skill, tactics and pre-planned moves need to be coached on the training pitch. In these sports the coach will want the players to be mentally alert and physically prepared to benefit fully from the coaching session, not hobbling around only partially recovered from the previous day’s training. In this instance, there may be a conflict of interest where the fitness coach is trying to maximise adaptation while the team coach wants the players recovered sufficiently to benefit fully from the training session, therefore, CWI may be strategically used to fit the on-going training session plans rather than eliminated to cater for both objectives.

So are ice baths good or bad?

The answer depends on the part of the season and the main objective of the current training regime. In the competitive phase of the season the use of ice baths will help minimise fatigue and aid recovery, thereby improving performance and lowering the risk of injury. In the pre-season, or power-building phase, of training the use of ice baths may adversely affect the adaptive response.

So, as with most tools in the athlete preparation toolbox, it is how the coach uses CWI to best effect, rather than whether it is appropriate to use it or not!