Athletic Performance

How does RLT help?

 

"Sports medicine will benefit from photobiomodulation (ie, red light therapy) because both professional and amateur athletes can better recover from intense exercise, and the process also aids training regimens. In the near future, sport agencies must deal with 'laser doping' by at least openly discussing it because the aforementioned beneficial effects and the pre-conditioning achieved by laser and LED irradiation will highly improve athletic performance."

-- Harvard professor Dr. Michael Hamblin, PhD

How does this improve my health & wellness?

 

Red/NIR light therapy (RLT) and exercise have a synergistic relationship, amplifying the benefits of one another. As you will read, RLT is a must-have in your arsenal for improving your overall exercise capacity and achieving your goals.

Scientific research has demonstrated how RLT actually amplifies the benefits of exercise by augmenting muscle gain AND fat loss. Not only that, RLT can improve muscular performance by enhancing muscular repair. 

Research also provides evidence that RLT

is exceptionally valuable at:

  • Preventing muscular fatigue

  • Enhancing muscular strength and endurance

  • Increasing fat loss response to exercise

  • Increasing muscular growth response to exercise

  • Promotes faster recovery from exercise 

All of this is possible because RLT is exceptional at improving the overall health of your mitochondria, which has massive implications from producing energy to overall health (staving off all diseases and cancers). Your muscles are packed with mitochondria, because muscles are energy-intensive tissues. Thus, by RLT improving the efficiency and effectiveness of your mitochondria, it improves the overall capacity of your muscular strength, endurance and recovery.

What does the research show?

 

Research using both laser and LED therapy (compared to placebo/sham) on exercise capacity and muscle performance found an average improvement of 3.51 reps (biceps or quads), a 4-second delay in time-to-exhaustion, increased peak strength and a significant reduction in lactic acid production.

Nampo, Fernando Kenji & Cavalheri, Vinicius & dos Santos Soares, Francyelle & de Paula Ramos, Solange & Camargo, Enilton. (2016). Low-level phototherapy to improve exercise capacity and muscle performance: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lasers in Medical Science. 31. 10.1007/s10103-016-1977-9.

 

"The group that received the light therapy for 30 seconds before exercise had significantly lower levels of creatine kinase and lactate dehydrogenase -- both markers of muscle damage -- suggesting that the light therapy decreased the level of muscle damage.” 

​​Nampo, Fernando Kenji & Cavalheri, Vinicius & dos Santos Soares, Francyelle & de Paula Ramos, Solange & Camargo, Enilton. (2016). Low-level phototherapy to improve exercise capacity and muscle performance: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lasers in Medical Science. 31. 10.1007/s10103-016-1977-9.

Another study compared red/NIR light therapy with LEDs to water immersion (ie, ice baths) as a recovery method post-exercise and found that red/NIR light therapy improved muscular recovery better than ice baths: "This (research) suggests that LEDT has better potential than 5 min. of CWIT [cold water immersion therapy] for improving short-term post-exercise recovery."

Cesar Leal Junior, Ernesto & Godoi, Vanessa & Luis Mancalossi, José & Rossi, Rafael & Marchi, Thiago & Parente, Márcio & Grosselli, Douglas & Abeche Generosi, Rafael & Basso, Maira & Frigo, Lucio & Tomazoni, Shaiane & Bjordal, Jan & Lopes-Martins, Rodrigo Alvaro. (2010). Comparison between cold water immersion therapy (CWIT) and light emitting diode therapy (LEDT) in short-term skeletal muscle recovery after high - Intensity exercise in athletes-preliminary results. Lasers in medical science. 26. 493-501. 10.1007/s10103-010-0866-x. 

**While the current scientific research seems to indicate many positive benefits of RLT in relation to athletic performance, there is still an appreciable necessity for more extensive research to be conducted in this area, including double-blind RCT (randomized controlled trials), to provide a more comprehensive, robust overview that will further elucidate the optimal parameters and appropriate uses of RLT, which will ultimately lead the most safe & efficacious uses for individuals dealing with athletic performance.

Suggested use of RLT for athletic performance 

 

Frequency:

3 - 7x/week

Treatment time

2 - 7 min. @ 6" away

5 - 10 min. @ 12" away

Light:

Red and NIR

Tips:

The deeper the tissue you are treating, the closer to your body you want the light source and the higher the overall dose you want to utilize. Thus, 6" & closer to 7 min. is ideal.

If you have a smaller panel and want to conserve your time by covering more of your body at once, 12" at 10 minutes can work as well.

*For optimal results, we recommend no more than 15 - 20 minutes of total treatment time per day

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