FAQs

  • What is Recovery?
  • Can I get work experience or study at AIS Performance Recovery?
  • Can I use the AIS Recovery Centre?
  • I have an assignment, can you help?
  • What protocols do you use for hot cold contrast water immersion?
  • Does AIS Performance Recovery have open days for the public?

Q. What is recovery?

A. Recovery allows the restoration of physiological and psychological processes, so that the athlete can compete or train again at a similar level. Performance recovery has largely developed from the sports science and sports medicine discipline of physiology, however many aspects of recovery are also closely related to other disciplines including nutrition, psychology, physical therapies, medicine, and strength and conditioning. The AIS Performance Recovery discipline focuses on providing leading Australian athletes and coaches with education and services to maximise recovery of performance.

Q. Can I get work experience or study at AIS Performance Recovery?

A. AIS Performance Recovery does not accept students for work experience placements, however AIS Physiology offers several tertiary occupational training positions and a range of postgraduate scholarships. On occasions, AIS Performance Recovery accepts honours and PhD students.

Q. Can I use the AIS Recovery Centre

A. The AIS Recovery Centre is not open to the general public, however it is available for hire for elite athletes, depending on availability. The centre contains cold and hot pools, contrast showers, a whirlpool at a normal pool temperature, a float tank, and areas for stretching, warm downs and massage. Please contact AIS Events and Sports camps on +61 2 6214 7137 or sales@ausport.gov.au for booking information.

Swim and Fitness at the AIS have hot spa and cold plunge facilities that are available for use by the general public.

Q. I have an assignment, can you help?

A. Our staff are employed to provide servicing for AIS athletes and coaches and for conducting research with the aim of optimising sports performance. Staff at the National Sport Information Centre may be able to point you in the right direction for finding literature on a particular topic.

Q. What protocols do you use for hot and cold water immersion?

A. Spa and plunge protocols

Contrast Water Therapy (Spa / Plunge)

Ideally used at the end of a training day- do not use if you have damaged muscles, a very recent injury or bruising.

  • Shower before use
  • 2 minutes spa
  • 1 minute plunge (Try to relax as much as possible!)
  • Repeat 4-5 times
  • Always finish on cold (plunge)
  • Re-hydrate before, during and after session

Cold Water Immersion (Plunge)

Ideally used following a heavy weights session, between training sessions or during the acute phases of muscle injury, soreness or bruising. Try to build up a total of 5-10 minutes in the plunge pool.

  • Shower before use
  • 5-10 minutes plunge (try to relax as much a possible!)

Spa

Spa can be used at the end of a day or on a rest day as a relaxation technique. Do not use if you have damaged muscles, a recent injury or bruising.

  • Shower before use
  • Do not use spa for extended periods of time (no greater than 10-15 minutes)
  • Always re-hydrate while using the spa
  • Stretching and jet massage can be utilised in the spa environment

General precautions

Do not use the spa/plunge facilities if you have any of the following:

  • A history of heart disease
  • A cold or virus
  • An open wound
  • Bruising
  • Diarrhoea
  • Recent injury

Q. Does AIS Performance Recovery have open days for the public?

A. The AIS Recovery Centre is not open to the general public. Tours of the AIS site are run on most days, however they only view the outside of the Recovery Centre. For further information, please visit:

http://www.ausport.gov.au/ais/visit/tours

 

 

 

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