Infrared heat therapy was use on an experimental group of ten national level athletes ranging from intense, high power sports such as decathletes and sprinters with an emphasis on speed and strength. These athletes were tracked over the course of four days to see how great of an impact incorporating FIR heat therapy was to their recovery period.
The results were impressive! Results showed FIR accelerated recovery of maximal strength, improve well-being and reduce pain more than passive recovery intervention [4,5]. Beneficial effects of infrared radiation have also been observed on chronic low back pain , on the vascular endothelial inflammation , heart and coronary diseases, body weight, heart rate variability and systolic blood pressure. (Noponen et al, 2015)
FIR heat therapy timed at 40 min at 50 ºC during the experiment showed improved neuromuscular performance in power athletes when compared to passive modalities.