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CRR – HC Sierre (ice hockey club): an innovative partnership

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The Clinique romande de réadaptation (CRR) is pleased to announce the signing of a new partnership with HC Sierre. After this first season of collaboration, the partnership has been renewed and strengthened for the season 2020-21.

Hypoxia training

With this partnership, the CRR supports HC Sierre on a medical follow-up level, from consultations in the case of injury to sports medicine check-ups. The sports medicine department of the CRR also intervenes in collaboration with the staff during physical preparation. To do so, the CRR organizes innovative hypoxia training sessions, for the ice hockey players of Sierre. In this case, by hypoxia, we mean high altitude training simulated by reducing the amount of oxygen in a specially equipped cabin. For the HC Sierre hockey players, the altitude simulated was 3'000 metres above sea level. The sessions lasted 45 minutes and were composed of 4 blocs of 6 sprints of 7 seconds, with a recuperation period of 13 seconds in between each one. Between each bloc, the players pedalled for 10 minutes in recuperation mode. 

The results of this innovative training method have been proven scientifically and allows an improvement in capacity to produce short and intensive efforts. This should lead to players performances being trully decisive in the second part of a match, while the opposing team begins to show signs of exhaustion. In order for this method to really bear fruit, these sessions should be ideally carried out twice a week for three weeks. All the players have passed once under the supervision of Arnaud Rapillard, sports medicine specialist at the CRR. Additional sessions are to be organized as soon as the season's calendar has been definitely set. 

Find here a report by Rhône FM and the article which appeared in the Nouvelliste on this subject.

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