Light therapy for athletes
Beyond its application with healing and pain reduction, red and infrared light have been shown to have a variety of positive effects on the human body which can be harnessed to improve athletic performance and recovery, including:
- Increase muscle gain
- Prevention and repair of muscle damage
- Prevent muscle fatigue during exercise
- Increase athletic performance
- Hastening recovery after exercise
- Acceleration of wound healing
Using light therapy can lead to significant athletic outcomes in a shorter timeframe than training alone.
The application of red and infrared light yields enhance strength gains when applied before strength training. For endurance athletes, light applied both before and after training leads to the threefold increase in endurance improvement.
Light therapy is used by professional athletes to increase their performance and workout recovery and
is now becoming more commonly used by everyday people wanting to see the beneficial effects during their workout sessions.
Why is sleep so important for athletes?
When it comes to working out, what you do in the gym is important. But what you do outside the gym - what you eat, what you drink, and especially how you sleep, is just as crucial.
Athletes using red light, especially in the evening before bed, will have better quality sleep; therefore recovering better from intense training sessions. During sleep, the body works to restore all the systems that are taxed during waking hours. These include immune, endocrine, nervous, and musculoskeletal systems. Proper restoration and adaptation of these systems is absolutely vital to performance development in athletes.
While quality sleep has positive effects specifically on athletic performance, a lack of sleep is detrimental to performance. A great number of concerns can arise when athletes do not receive adequate sleep, such as quicker exhaustion, risk for injury, decreased accuracy and reaction time, overtraining syndrome, …
Our Healing-Light-Therapy (HLT) products for athletes: