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Champions are made on and off the field.  Yet success can be directly related to how fast athletes rehabilitate from injury or recover after practice. Choosing the right plunge pools can mean the difference between winning and losing. These top 4 features are a key to successful outcomes.

While all plunge pools hold water, they are not all built the same. In fact there are major differences. These differences impact their operation, how they function, time spent to keep them running properly, and most importantly treatment success.

How Plunge Pools Work

There are basically two types of plunge pools – cold and hot.  Both are used to achieve specific treatment outcomes. Cold plunges reduce muscle inflammation by decreasing lactic acid build up. When used post exercise, athletes gain the beneficial effects of working out with less pain and muscle soreness.  Hot plunge pools are used before working out to increase blood flow, flexibility and loosen muscles. Increased flexibility leads to less muscle strain and more productive exercise sessions or rehabilitation.

plunge pools1. Temperature Control

Plunges should have a highly dependable heating or cooling systems that consistently maintain optimum water temperatures. Cold plunge pool water temperature is typically a therapeutic 50° F (10°c). Hot plunges should maintain water temperatures up to 104°F (40°c).

SwimEx plunge pools come equipped with either electric or gas heater options or water or air cooled chilling options (depending upon site requirements). They are built with insulated fiberglass construction and have a wood core for superior temperature retention.

2. Cleaning and Maintenance

There’s nothing worse than hard-to-clean plunge pools that don’t drain completely or require on-going maintenance.swimex plunge pools

Bottoms drains are standard on all SwimEx plunge pools. Depending on the amount of use, they typically require draining once a year to clean the interior walls.  Look for a fiberglass plunge pool with a Gelcoat interior finish. It easily wipes clean and the smooth surface makes it harder for algae to adhere to pool walls.  Plus, if the pool is scratched or damaged, it can be resurfaced and look as good as new.

3. Interior Layout and Design

Plunge pools come in all shapes and sizes. For successful outcomes, choose the right sized pool with a specific interior configuration to meet your treatment needs. Also, be sure the pool you order will meet code requirements and fit into the allotted space.

SwimEx plunge pools come in four standard sizes to accommodate different team and facility sizes: small (4-6 users), medium (6-8 users), large (8-10 users), or XL (10-12 users).  They offer design flexibility and are ideal for locker rooms, athletic training centers, and fitness facilities. Install them above ground, in-ground or partially above ground. Create custom interior layouts. Change the stair access, water depth, jets, and bench configurations.

Do you have a pre-existing facility with tight installation access? SwimEx pools can be built in sections and assembled on-site.  In addition, they can be designed to meet varying health department codes throughout the country. Modifications to stairs, handrails, water depths, re-circulation rates and drain configurations can be adjusted in order to meet particular codes.

plunge pools4. Customization

No two teams have the same recovery and rehabilitation goals.  A plunge pool should satisfy your exact treatment requirements. SwimEx plunge pools can be customized. Vary the depth, length, interior layout, bench and stair configuration. Order one as long as 46’ or as deep as 7’.

• Green Bay Packers, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Troy University have extra-long plunge pools (up to 40’ long) allowing for quicker treatment times.
• New England Patriots created custom SwimEx plunge pools with specific bench configurations.
• New York Knicks have extra deep SwimEx plunge pools to accommodate taller athletes.

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