The Power of Floatation Is Behind This Year’s Superbowl Faceoff
How The Seahawks And The Patriots Rose To The Top
It’s no secret that all the athletes that make it into the Superbowl are playing at such a high level of skill that a victory may often come down to a matter of inches. That means that to play at peak performance levels, players need to have incredible focus and the ability to recover quickly between games.
So it’s no surprise that both contenders for the 2015 Superbowl, the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots, use floatation tanks for sensory deprivation as part of their strategy to achieve greatness on the football field. Float Seattle reports that many Seahawks float there to “quiet their mind in an effort to develop that championship mentality”, and Superior Float Tanks has reported that the Patriots have ordered their second float tank at the beginning of 2015.
Floating in Professional Sports
“No doubt about it if you conquer doubt and fear, you conquer failure. If you don’t doubt, if you know you’re going to do it, it’s easier. Your muscles are more relaxed, and then you perform what you have practiced in the tank.”
-Dallas Cowboy Kicker Rafael Septien on what he experiences when floating
The NFL has been using the power of sensory deprivation since the early 1980s to gain optimal conditioning and hyper-performance. The Dallas Cowboys were very active users of float tanks to help visualize field strategies and implant a sense of “flow” into the players.
Other pro teams like The Philadelphia Eagles, the Denver Broncos, the Philadelphia Phillies, Peter Reid (Ironman Champion), Amanda Allen (World Masters Crossfit Champion), and many others attribute the use of the tanks towards their success.
Allen says, “With a regular routine of floating I am able to recover more quickly and completely, which means I can train harder sooner, which translates into better overall athletic performance and progress.”
Results Grounded In Science
“The float tank is not a hypothetical laboratory phenomenon, but a viable, proven technology”
–Dr Henry Adams, NIMH.
It may be tempting to write these things off as anecdotal. However, the scientific community has produced a wealth of research papers showing the benefits of Restricted Environment Stimulation Therapy for professional athletes.
The absence of stimulation lowers stress and cortisol. The weightlessness removes the unconscious need to fight gravity. Muscles recover. Lactic acid is reduced. It was found that there was “a significant impact on blood lactate and perceived pain compared with a 1-hour passive recovery session in untrained healthy men.”
Are you a football player? Crossfit enthusiast? MMA fighter? Marathon runner?
Why not give yourself an edge with floatation therapy? Your competition may already be!