Athletes who can benefit from floating:
Mixed Martial Arts
Now days, everyone is looking for an advantage over their competition. Some athletes even resort to illegal methods to win. Athletes use floating to enhance their performance and speed their recovery from injuries and keep there muscles fresh. It keeps them “on top of their game”. After years of mediocrity, the Philadelphia Eagles acquired a tank, and then went on to win the NFC championship in 1980.
The Philadelphia Phillies noticed the tank, and many of these players began floating too. This team went on to win its first world series in decades in 1980.
Other famous floating athletes include Carl Lewis, who used in-tank visualization techniques to prepare himself for his gold medal long jump at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, 1998 Ironman champion Peter Reid, the Dallas Cowboys, the US 2000 Olympic team, and the Australian 2000 Olympic team.
Adapted from a Oasis Floatarium article
“The AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) psychologists use float tanks for three main purposes: recuperation and rejuvenation, injury rehabilitation and neuro-muscular programming.”
Sports Medicine article, The Australian Doctor
What are the benefits for athletes?
- Floating takes the pressure off tired and sore joints and muscles. It increases blood circulation which can accelerate healing.
- Relaxed muscles are likely to heal faster than tired, tight and knotted muscles.
- Floatation can help reduce pain, help backache and muscle injuries and relieve stress and anxiety that often accompanies an injury.
- The athlete emerges from the float room alert but in a state of deep relaxation. The effects can last anywhere from a few hours to
a few days.
When and how often should an athlete float?
- Benefits are present before and after a competition or game.
- Floating before helps visualize the performance and tasks needed to succeed.
- Floating after help recover tired muscles and decompresses built up stress.