- Title: Race horses get cold treatment to boost performance
- Date: 27th August 2019
- Summary: DUBAI, UAE (AUGUST 18, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF HORSE IN CRYOTHERAPY CABINET DIGITAL THERMOMETER SHOWING TEMPERATURE OF MINUS 104 DEGREES CELSIUS (SOUNDBITE) (English) GENERAL MANAGER OF REVIVE CRYOTHERAPY, LUKA JURKOVIC, SAYING: "As we know the horse sport is a huge business with prizes worth millions of dollars. With Revive Cryotherapy, what Revive Cryotherapy does is speed up muscle recovery so you can train the horses harder and you can train the horse more frequently and the horses can race more frequently. Therefore, we see a huge demand in Revive Cryotherapy cabin in the future." VARIOUS OF JURKOVIC PETTING HORSE DURING CRYOTHERAPY SESSION HORSE UNDERGOING CRYOTHERAPY HORSE BEING LED OUT OF CABINET (SOUNDBITE) (English) GENERAL MANAGER OF REVIVE CRYOTHERAPY, LUKA JURKOVIC, SAYING: "So basically, the cryotherapy as we know for animals is very similar to cryotherapy for humans. We just developed a unique, so to say, protocol on how to lead the horses into the cabin, that they are going to feel comfortable, that they are going to trust us and they are going to do the cryotherapy with us." VARIOUS OF HORSES IN STABLES YARD WITH DUBAI'S SKYSCRAPERS IN THE BACKGROUND VARIOUS OF HORSES IN STABLES (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD TRAINER AT ZABEEL RACING STABLES, SATISH SEEMAR, SAYING: "As far as recovery goes we are learning, but we know it is positive so far. I have noticed myself in the last 14 months that the horses start hopping quicker after their hard work and racing than without cryo(therapy) and I would say out of maybe 100 horses, I have noticed at least 75+ percent so we are going in the right direction." VARIOUS OF RACE HORSES
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- Keywords: Horse racing cryotherapy Dubai horses sports science sport
- Location: DUBAI, UAE
- City: DUBAI, UAE
- Country: UAE
- Topics: Horse Racing,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA001ATZVMU3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: In the searing summer heat of Dubai, some of the world's top racehorses are being chilled to temperatures as low as -140Â°C to boost their performance.
Cryotherapy has been used for decades on athletes to aid recovery and in medicine. A Dubai-based company, Revive Cryotherapy, says it is now offering the first whole body cryotherapy chamber for horses.
Revive Cryotherapy also offers the technology to humans and dogs and is thinking of expanding into the world of camel racing.
Dubai, part of the United Arab Emirates, is known for its connections to elite horse racing. Its ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, is an avid sponsor, owner and rider of horses.
The emirate gives out multi-million dollar prizes at prestigious competitions.
Revive, which has two other bespoke horse cryotherapy cabins in Dubai, finished testing in April and are now using it daily on horses at Zabeel Stables, a lush green space in the heart of Dubai's high-rise financial district.
Zabeel trains about 125 horses. Its head trainer Satish Seemar says the horses have started "hopping quicker" after racing due to cryotherapy.
The horses are gradually introduced to the cabin and the swirling cold mist for the first few sessions, before undergoing a full treatment which lasts around seven minutes and cools their skin to about 3-5 degrees.
The cabin doors are not locked allowing horses to escape if they panic.
Cryotherapy is thought to help inflammation and tissue damage, and to help athletes - and horses - recover faster after exercise.
(Production: Abdelhadi Ramahi, Hend Kortam, Jim Hatley)
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