Countdown to the Invictus Games: UK Team Hopefuls Use Cryotherapy for Competitive Edge

Countdown to the Invictus Games: UK Team Hopefuls Use Cryotherapy for Competitive Edge

Warwickshire: With the countdown on to the Invictus Games, British Armed Forces team hopefuls Luke Darlington and Jaco van Gass used facilities at Jaguar Land Rover to help prepare.

The two wounded servicemen took part in a 40km cycling training ride followed by a cryotherapy recovery session at -40°c.

Cryotherapy (the application of cold temperatures to the body) is now widely used in professional sport. Top athletes and teams regularly use cryo-chambers as a way of aiding muscle repair after exercise and speeding recovery from injury.

The 40km ride departed from Jaguar Land Rover’s Motor Heritage centre in Gaydon. Lead by experienced sport scientist Iain Casey, the riders followed their training session with a six minute full-body cryotherapy session. utilising the car manufacturing company’s Climate Chamber, usually reserved for testing vehicles in extreme temperatures.

The Invictus Games, the international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick service personnel, take place from the 10th - 14th September at London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Iain Casey is owner of CryoClinics, a leading specialist in the use of whole-body cryotherapy. Iain’s patients include some of the country’s top sportspeople, including stars of Athletics, Boxing, Football and Rugby Union.

Private Jaco van Gass hopes to cycle for the British Armed Forces team at the Invictus Games. Jaco left the army after suffering severe injuries whilst serving in Afghanistan. He has completed several marathons, trekked to the North Pole and climbed Mount Manaslu.

Marine Luke Darlington is bidding to reach the Invictus Games having already represented the British Armed Forces at the US Warrior Games, which inspired Prince Harry to organise a British equivalent. Luke, who suffered a penetrating brain injury with retained shrapnel, hopes to compete in Sitting Volleyball, Swimming and Cycling.

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