PEMF & Sports Performance Enhancement

How PEMF improves sports performance

Athletes can be very superstitious in nature. Many have ‘rituals’ or repeat things they do or wear that they believe will improve their performance or the outcome of an event. As one thinks, so it is to a degree. Therein lies the placebo effect. If you think something will make you improve, it can… and will to the degree of the belief you hold. The placebo effect is real and demonstrable in studies. That’s why there are double-blind studies with humans to take the placebo effect out of the equation. Neither the subjects or the staff administering the research know who is receiving the real or the placebo treatment (double-blind study).

Teams on the Tour de France use PEMF along with Roger Federer, the National Football League (NFL) players, the National Basketball Association (NBA) players, the US Swimming Team, Major League Baseball players and Hockey players… just to name a few.

  1. PEMF therapy may be beneficial for renewing energy
  2. PEMF therapy may improve muscles and joints
  3. PEMF therapy may be beneficial for improving soft tissue and blood flow
  4. PEMF therapy may be used as a natural method of improving mental clarity according to some coaches

The use of Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field (PEMF) therapy has become very prevalent in professional sports. Professional athletes in all sports in North America and Europe are praising the benefits of PEMF for improved performance and injury or workout recovery. Many athletes don’t talk about PEMF, as it gives an additional advantage that they’re not willing to share with their competitors. It’s absolutely safe and legal. No physical substance is introduced into the body… only electromagnetic waves. The same natural magnetic waves emanating from the earth and also from the Schuman resonance generated by millions of lightning strikes each day.

One of the best methods to make an automobile engine perform better is to turbocharge it. Essentially, more oxygen is forced into the engine. More oxygen equals a hotter fire… thus more energy or power.

The effects of a pulsed electromagnetic field on red blood cells are well documented. This is an image of red blood cells using dark field microscopy showing living red blood cells before a PEMF treatment.

The picture to the right shows what is commonly called sticky blood, blood sludge or the Rouleaux effect/formation. Red blood cells stuck together like this is routinely found in both healthy and unhealthy individuals. There is also no consistency or recognised patterns of ‘stickiness’ from day to day.

The red blood cells have lost the necessary threshold potential charge to keep the cells separated. Each cell is like a battery with a positive inner and a negative outer charge on the cell membrane. If the outer cell membrane doesn’t have a high enough charge, then the cells will stick together as seen in the picture. Like charges repel each other, but if the charge isn’t at or above the necessary threshold, they stick together.

InTechOpen published a study in 2012 by the Department of Physics, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, which showed that just two red blood cells stuck together reduce cellular efficiency by 71%. and eight cells stuck together reduce it by 50%. That’s a half of not only oxygen intake but also water and nutrient absorption along with carbon dioxide and toxin elimination.

This is a picture of red blood cells eight minutes after a PEMF treatment. The red blood cells begin to separate after only a couple of minutes once they reach the threshold charge potential. The effect will last up to four to six hours, sometimes more… sometimes less. It depends on lifestyle, body hydration and various other individual variables.

Your red blood cells were designed to deliver, feed and supply the body, and at the same time, eliminate metabolic wastes. In order to do this the most efficiently, the red blood cells need to have the greatest amount of surface area possible. Maximum efficiency of the blood cells is achieved when all the surface area of the cell wall is free to perform its functions.

The other important factor is that the red blood cells need to get to every part of the body. If they’re stuck together in clusters, then they’re not able to pass through the tiny micro capillaries within the circulatory system. Micro capillaries comprise 71% to 74% of the whole circulatory system. The capillaries connect the branches of arteries to the branches of veins. More importantly, they surround the body’s cells and tissues to deliver oxygen, water and nutrients from the blood to the tissues while carrying away the toxins. If all the blood vessels of the body were stretched out in a line, it would be long enough to circle the earth three times.

When two, three or more red blood cells clump together, the very physical size of the sticky clump of red blood cells prevents it from passing through the narrow capillaries. The result is that certain tissues do not get enough oxygen, water and nutrients, plus wastes are not eliminated from the cells. Micro capillaries are so small in diameter that red blood cells can only pass through them in a single file or as a separate single cell.

PEMF may provide athletes with some benefits when used before and after an event.

  • PEMF may aid in the oxygenation of the blood, which serves to improve performance and endurance
  • PEMF may improve blood flow and cell membrane permeability, which helps tissues get the nutrition and oxygen they need while aiding in detoxification
  • PEMF may stimulate the process of energy production and helps cells increase energy through more ATP production
  • PEMF may help to eliminate toxins and lactic acid faster, which helps reduce soreness, muscle spasms, cramping and the breakdown of tissues after exercise
  • PEMF may penetrate deep into the body to reach all tissues and cells
  • PEMF may help to reduce inflammation leading to faster recovery