However, very little research has been done to determine the benefits of combining cold and compression (i.e., cryocompression therapy) as a post exercise therapeutic intervention as most have used this for clinical/medical applications (Hoiness et al., 1998).
From the matched pair participants were then randomly assigned to either the cryocompression (CRC) or the Control (CON) treatment groups.
Additionally, participants in the CRC group were also sized for proper fit of the Cryocompression pants.
Participants were prohibited from using any recovery methods other than the experimental cryocompression treatment garment.
Skin temperature: To ensure that the experimental Cryocompression pants were working properly, lower body skin temperature of CRC group was measured at the beginning, + 10 minutes into, and right before the end of each 20-minute treatment.
Taken together, cryocompression appears to reduce the less dramatic symptoms of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).
Cryocompression may help prevent acute disruptions in sleep resulting from pain and soreness following exercise over a training cycle and be especially important with training load/volume transitions.
Therefore, cryocompression can help individuals recover decrements in performance more quickly than rest alone.
In summary, this initial investigation into the use of the combined cryocompression therapeutic modality resulted in an enhanced recovery process in recreationally resistance trained men.
* Muscle damage markers, pain and soreness markers are improved with cryocompression when compared to no interventional control conditions following heavy resistance exercise.
This was a study of a new technology developed by Aquilo Sports LLC for cryocompression. The study was funded in part by Aquilo Sports, Louisville, KY, USA.