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Plunge pools are often used by athletes for rehab and recovery. Hot and cold plunge pools are a beneficial way to get back in the game fast to win.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING EXERCISE

During intense exercise muscles experience microtraumas or tiny tears within individual muscle fibers. When microtraumas occur they trigger an increase in cell activity which generates muscle fiber repair. Over a period of time and with repetition, this process helps strengthen muscles. Microtraumas however can also be the cause of inflammation and Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS).

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COLD PLUNGE POOLS: WHY THEY WORK

The low water temperatures in a cold water plunge helps minimize muscle inflammation. When used post exercise, athletes gain the beneficial effects of microtraumas without the pain of DOMS.

The low water temperature in a cold plunge helps minimize muscle inflammation, pain, and soreness to quickly facilitate post workout recovery.

Some teams have purchased custom plunge pools, making this treatment even more effective. The Green Bay Packers and Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns each have cold plunge pools that their whole team can use immediately following practice.

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HOT PLUNGE POOLS: HOW THEY HELP

Hot plunges are used before working out help to increase blood flow, flexibility and loosen muscles. Increased flexibility leads to less muscle strain and a more productive exercise session.

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CONTRAST THERAPY: USING HOT AND COLD PLUNGE POOLS

Contrast Therapy is a post workout technique using both hot and cold water plunge pools. The premise behind contrast therapy is that muscles constrict in cold water and blood vessels expand in a hot water. By systematically moving from a cold water pool to a hot water pool, blood flow increases which stimulates circulation. As this occurs muscles flush out inflammation mediators, accelerating the healing process and decreasing the long term effects of DOMS.

Athletic trainers use hot and cold plunges to create the ultimate conditioning, recovery and revitalization environment. A cold plunge chiller system keeps the water temperature at a therapeutic 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10°c) to control joint inflammation and enhance muscle recovery. A hot plunge keeps the water at temperatures up to 104-degrees Fahrenheit (40°c) to help muscles relax.

SwimEx plunge pools offer a flexibility in design and come with a bottom drain for easy cleaning. They are ideal for locker rooms, athletic training centers, and fitness facilities. The pools come in four standard sizes or can be customized to meet specific space and therapy needs. These free-standing structures are easily installed either above or in-ground. Their durable fiberglass construction creates superior temperature retention, easy maintenance and unmatched beauty.

 

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