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Recovery Pools

Three therapy pools are available to assist athletes with their recovery.

Hot and cold water therapy pools for athlete recovery

At the Adams Centre we believe that an athlete's recovery is just as important as their training. We have three therapy pools available for athletes to use that have a wide range of benefits.

The two cold pools are set at 12 degrees and the hot pool is set at 40 degrees. Pools can be accessed by any of our academy members, tenants and also visiting teams. Pool availability is posted each week in the weekly schedule.

Note: Groups of 10 or more need to book pool space in advance.

Cold Water Therapy

Getting into cold water has both pain-reducing and anti-inflammatory benefits:

Pain Reducing

Unsurprisingly, immersing yourself in cold water reduces body temperature (core, skin & muscle) which, depending on the protocol used, can continue to drop (slowly, with no harmful effects) for 30 min afterwards. This has the following benefits, including an overall reduction in muscle pain:

  • Reduces nerve activity, which decreases pain & soreness and therefore improves muscle function

  • Reduces swelling & inflammation caused by exercise

Anti-inflammatory

When immersing yourself in cold water, your body wants to protect its vital organs, so moves blood to the core by closing blood vessels in the hands and feet, through a process known as vasoconstriction. This has the following benefits:

Improves blood flow to the muscles, which reduces swelling & inflammation caused by exercise, decreases pain & soreness and improves muscle function.

Hot Water Therapy

When immersing yourself in hot water, the body wants to lose heat, so moves blood to the skin by opening blood vessels in the hands and feet through a process known as vasodilation. This has the following benefits:

Improves blood flow to muscles, which;

  • Shuttles metabolic by-products of exercise away

  • Brings in inflammatory molecules and protein to help with repair

  • Delivers glycogen, which has been depleted during exercise

Contrast Water Therapy

When you alternate between immersion in cold and hot water, your body alternates between closing and opening blood vessels, which stimulates blood flow and has the following benefits:

Improves blood flow to muscles, which;

  • Shuttles metabolic by-products of exercise away

  • Brings in inflammatory molecules and protein to help with repair

  • Delivers glycogen, which has been depleted during exercise

  • Reduces swelling & inflammation caused by exercise, which decreases pain & soreness and therefore, improves muscle function

  • Stimulates the central nervous system, which reduces fatigue

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Strength & Conditioning Programmes

Our strength & conditioning coaches provide individualised training to suit your sport

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Used by World-Class Athletes

The UoW Adams Centre is home to the NZ Rugby Sevens and BOP Rugby Union.

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High Performance Gym

650m2 gym packed with top-of-the-line equipment and a four lane sprint track.

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"I love [the Adams Academy] and feel very lucky and privileged to train in such a safe amazing environment full of people who work hard and train hard for their chosen sports."

Response from Adams Academy Survey, 2020


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