Tony McCoy

Anthony Patrick McCoy - Always bouncing back

Author: Rachel
November 8th 2:49pm

Tony, as he is affectionately known, has won every major trophy that UK horseracing has to offer, winning many of them emphatically multiple times. With all this in mind, he is widely recognised and regarded, as the best national hunt jockey of all time. His prolific success is deemed even more impressive due to his astounding injury record.

Riding in over 15,000 races and having over 1,000 falls, it is fair to say McCoy has put his body on the line breaking almost every bone in his body.

The lengthy injury list includes broken ankles, legs, arms, wrists, shoulder blades, collar bones, cheekbones and every single one of his ribs. But that is just the start. There have been several broken vertebrates in his back, a punctured lung and he has knocked out almost every tooth due to dramatic racing and stable injures.

McCoy is a perfect example of the damage sport and training can have on the human body. So how does he recover so quickly?

A new phenomenon called Cryotherapy is seemingly the answer. The therapy originated in Japan and has filtered in to the lives of many UK athletes and sports stars.

A spokesman from Cryousa describes the treatment here, "Whole Body Cryotherapy is a hyper-cooling process that lowers a person's skin temperature to approximately 30oF for a period of up to three minutes. This is achieved by enveloping the body with extremely cold air at temperatures ranging from -133oF to -320oF."

Tony McCoy used this treatment when recovering from his most serious back break. The theory behind the Cryotherapy therapy "is that it tricks the body into believing that it is in danger of freezing. The brain then signals the body to draw blood from the extremities and rush it to the core for protection. After you step out of the freezing cold chamber the blood rushes out again, causing a rejuvenation boost of energy."

The treatment is believed to reduce pain, increase muscle strength, increase performance, limit inflammation and gives a faster recovery time.

Asia boosts a long standing tradition of cold therapies to enhance immune systems and the idea of cryotherapy stems from here. There is a belief that your system can stagnate if you don't give your body a dramatic cold shock every now and again. They believe using cold methods is the most quick and effective way to heal and cure the body and mind.

The therapy is a punishing and brutal one; however, Tony McCoy has demonstrated how effective it can be ensuring efficient returns to fitness.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live in February McCoy said "From the first day I've been riding, I've convinced myself I'm unbreakable. The amount of times I've been in the ambulance it is obviously not true. I kind of think I'm like a cat with nine lives sometimes."

His hard work, determination and his will power to recover has ensures that Tony McCoy will go down in history as one of the most successful and bravest sportsmen in history.

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