Warriors’ new weapon against injuries

Sam Tomkins receives treatment from Warriors head of physio Joanne Seddon
Sam Tomkins receives treatment from Warriors head of physio Joanne Seddon

WARRIORS stars are hoping a new piece of equipment will get them out of the treatment room more quickly.

The club has taken delivery of its first cryotherapy machine, which works by using frozen liquid nitrogen vapours to stimulate the body’s own natural reactions.

By exposing an area of the body to extreme cold temperatures, it triggers a reaction to increase metabolic rate, prompting the body to work harder and repair itself.

By using cryotherapy, Wigan are following the lead from the Wales rugby union team, which began using the treatment in the run-up to the 2011 Rugby World Cup in order to aid their recovery following training sessions.

Cryotherapy is being used more in professional sport, with Wales RU crediting its use in helping captain Sam Warburton recover more quickly from a knee injury in 2012 and also allowing players to recover more quickly from training sessions, which enables them to train more.

And with Warriors full-back Sam Tomkins facing months on the sidelines after having knee surgery on November 5, fans will be hopeful of the treatment having a positive affect on the superstar prior to his return around Easter.

Its use has also filtered through to football, and in 2013 Cristiano Ronaldo bought his own cryotherapy machine.

In the USA, cryotherpay is used widely in the NBA, with many payers having personal units in their homes.

The skin exposure to the extreme temperature during cryotherapy also has an anti-inflammatory effect, easing pain as well as releasing endorphins.

In addition to delivering a machine to Wigan, Cryotherapy UK are in talks to provide Super League champions Leeds Rhinos with a machine.

In the NRL, South Sydney used the treatment while preparing for the finals series last term, as did the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Parramatta during the season.