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The Questionable Science Behind Sports ‘Recovery’ Tech

Players are endorsing everything from massage guns to cryo-chambers as remedies for injury and recipes for success. But does any of it work?

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Business of Sports: The Dodgy Science Behind Sports “Recovery” Tech

The “recovery” technology industry claims to help athletes bounce back after training. Players have endorsed everything from massage guns to cryo-chambers, and even professional sports leagues are getting in on the action. But the science behind many of these products is questionable—at best.

On this episode of “ Business of Sports,” we explore how the industry got its start, how recovery tech has become really big business, and how even if there isn’t a lot of peer-reviewed research behind it, what stars are using on the sidelines, in locker rooms and at home might help them excel in unforeseen ways.