Recovery from training loads in football: Are we getting colder?

Francisco Tavares Performance Coordinator /Sporting Clube de Portugal

Adaptations from training are dependent on the balance between exercise stimulus and recovery. In order to speed-up recovery, cold modalities have been widely used both in research and within team sports athletes. Although some studies support the acute benefits of cold modalities on recovery, some literature suggests that chronic use of such modalities can negatively influence training adaptations by decreasing stimulus to support muscle growth. This talk will briefly contextualize the current knowledge on cold modalities to enhance recovery, focusing on the limitations of such modalities and providing some applied directions for implementing and individualizing cold modalities in the real-world.