11 Oct How Athletes Benefit from Floating
Although there are a number of benefits associated with float therapy (all of which contribute to positive athletic performance), there are a few in particular that benefit athletes the most. From pain relief to injury prevention, here’s why every athlete should consider float therapy.
Anyone who exercises should understand the importance of balancing your activity with an adequate amount of rest. Though there is no agreed upon amount of time between training sessions (mostly because of all the variables associated with exercise: weight, body shape, level of activity, etc.), most experts believe that one to two days is optimal.
Floating reduces your recovery time tremendously by improving blood circulation and lowering lactic-acid levels. As you exercise, lactic-acid accumulates in the muscles and can cause all kinds of pain, tightness and cramping. By increasing the circulation to your joints, muscles and ligaments, these acids are carried away more quickly.
Flowing through the same vein, floating can provide athletes with pain relief through the release of endorphins facilitated by float therapy. This is a crucial component in regards to any athlete’s recovery regiment.
Reduce Muscle Tension & Injury Prevention
So much of what goes into avoiding long-lasting physical damage, is your preparation strategy. Float therapy helps reduce muscle tension and leaves an athlete’s body feeling fresh, ensuring they aren’t putting themselves in any kind of risk next time they get down to business.
We’ve spoken about stress relief extensively on the Pro Float blog, but for athletes hoping to focus in on their next performance, floating can be incredibly effective. Drowning out distractions is critical for anyone who has to perform at a high level, so it only makes sense that an athlete should utilize it. Similarly, being able to find a safe space to think over what one needs to do out their on the field is invaluable. As the old saying goes: “Success is 90% preparation, 10% perspiration,” and by experimenting with pre-game float therapy, you put yourself at an advantage.
Considering all these impressive benefits, it’s no wonder that so many high-profile athletes have taken to float therapy. Here are just a few:
Two-time NBA champion, Steph Curry (of the Golden State Warriors), is said to take part in ninety minute float sessions every two weeks. Curry explains:
“With the Epsom salts and magnesium that are in those tanks, they’re helpful with recovery and relaxing your muscles and things like that,” he says. “And also, the sensory-deprivation aspect of it. It’s one of the only places where you can really get unplugged from all the noise and distractions that go on with daily life.”
Looking at the impact he’s had on the league these last few years – the unbelievable scoring, amazing team play and incredibly clutch moments – it seems as if floating has had an effect.
At 40 years old, Tom Brady is one of the oldest players in the NFL, and at this point, is still considered one of the very best quarterbacks. But, believe it or not, it hasn’t been the five Super Bowl rings that have sustained him. Brady is a known proponent of float therapy, and as he has gotten older, he’s relied on it more and more to prolong his career.
In preparation for his gold-medal winning performances in both the 100m dash and long jump, Olympic legend Carl Lewis is said to have used float therapy as a way to visualize and focus on the task at hand.
Manchester United Midfielder, Wayne Rooney (soccer), reportedly owns his own float tank and will spend up to ten hours a week inside. Using it to effectively recover from injury and other ailments, Rooney has been able to return to training several weeks in advance of his original time table.
If the endorsement of world-famous athletes isn’t enough to convince you, we don’t know what will! But believe us, float therapy is an incredibly effective tool when it comes to athletics. For more information on sensory deprivation and benefits, check out our website.