Aston Villa boss Dean Smith left frustrated as public health bosses DENY players cryotherapy treatment due to fears of spreading coronavirus
- Aston Villa have been refused permission to use cryotherapy treatment
- Public health bosses believe it could cause coronavirus to spread among players
- Villa boss Smith was keen to use treatment to aid recovery with hectic schedule
Villa boss Dean Smith was keen to use the process, which involves players stepping into a single-occupancy chamber set to a freezing temperature level, to speed recovery times across his squad as they fight relegation.
Villa face Everton on Thursday and can move to within a point of safety with a win at Goodison Park.
Aston Villa have been refused permission to use cryotherapy treatment due to Covid fears
With a hectic schedule, the hope was the club could use the treatment to help with recovery
Cryotherapy is thought to accelerate the blood flow to the site of an injury and has been used by sports teams for a number of years.
Villa have been denied the opportunity to do so by Public Health England following talks with the Premier League. ‘I believe they think it’s just too much of a risk,’ said Smith.
‘Medically, they obviously know more than I do, but it’s a single-occupancy (chamber) with a temperature of minus 130 degrees.
Villa boss Dean Smith was keen to use the process to speed recovery times across his squad
‘Players wear a mask and gloves, then go and have a shower — but it’s not allowed at the moment.
‘The risk of injury has been a concern. We are in the hottest months to play football. We are normally a winter league from August to May and now it’s arguably the warmest part of the year and we are playing an awful lot of games in this period.
‘There have been a lot of soft-tissue injuries at a lot of clubs and it will certainly affect the start of next season.’