Five-Day Whole-Body Cryostimulation, Blood Inflammatory Markers, and Performance in High-Ranking Professional Tennis Players

Ewa Ziemann , Robert Olek , Sylwester Kujach , Tomasz Grzywacz , Jędrzej Antosiewicz , Tomasz Garsztka , Radosław Laskowski


Context: Tournament season can provoke overreaching syndrome in professional tennis players, which may lead to deteriorated performance. Thus, appropriate recovery methods are crucial for athletes in order to sustain high-level performance and avoid injuries. We hypothesized that whole-body cryostimulation could be applied to support the recovery process. Objective: To assess the effects of 5 days of whole-body cryostimulation combined with moderate-intensity training on immunologic, hormonal, and hematologic responses; resting metabolic rate; and tennis performance in a posttournament season. Design: Controlled laboratory study. Setting: National Olympic Sport Centre. Patients or Other Participants: Twelve high-ranking professional tennis players. Intervention(s): Participants followed a moderate-intensity training program. A subgroup was treated with the 5-day wholebody cryostimulation ( 1208C) applied twice a day. The control subgroup participated in the training only. Main Outcome Measure(s): Pretreatment and posttreatment blood samples were collected and analyzed for tumor necrosis factor a, interleukin 6, testosterone, cortisol, and creatine kinase. Resting metabolic rate and performance of a tennis drill were also assessed. Results: Proinflammatory cytokine (tumor necrosis factor a) decreased and pleiotropic cytokine (interleukin 6) and cortisol increased in the group exposed to cryostimulation. In the same group, greater stroke effectiveness during the tennis drill and faster recovery were observed. Neither the training program nor cryostimulation affected resting metabolic rate. Conclusions: Professional tennis players experienced an intensified inflammatory response after the completed tournament season, which may lead to overreaching. Applying wholebody cryostimulation in conjunction with moderate-intensity training was more effective for the recovery process than the training itself. The 5-day exposure to cryostimulation twice a day ameliorated the cytokine profile, resulting in a decrease in tumor necrosis factor a and an increase in interleukin 6.
Author Ewa Ziemann
Ewa Ziemann,,
, Robert Olek
Robert Olek,,
, Sylwester Kujach
Sylwester Kujach,,
, Tomasz Grzywacz
Tomasz Grzywacz,,
, Jędrzej Antosiewicz (Wydział Psychologii)
Jędrzej Antosiewicz,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Tomasz Garsztka
Tomasz Garsztka,,
, Radosław Laskowski
Radosław Laskowski,,
Journal seriesJournal of Athletic Training, ISSN 1062-6050, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2012
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishoverreaching, cytokine, cortisol, recovery, resting metabolic rate
ASJC Classification3612 Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation; 2732 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine; 2700 General Medicine
Languageen angielski
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