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Red light therapy for athletic performance. 

Many professional athletes are discovering the benefits of red and near-infrared light therapy. Because red light therapy works by increasing blood flow and stimulating cell regeneration, athletes are able to speed up the recovery process following physical exercise. 

Thousands of athletes across the world are using red light therapy before after working out to decrease muscle soreness and recover faster post workout. There has also been a number of clinical studies that show how beneficial red light is to athletes. We’ll dig into more of these below. 

Professional athletes use red light therapy to perform and recover. 

In recent years, red light therapy has been adopted in the health and fitness routines of many NFL, NHL, UFC, and MLB players. Red light therapy plays a critical role in athletes’ recovery process and is proven to enhance endurance, speed recovery, aid sleep, and promote muscle growth. Red light therapy puts the body and an optimal state, enabling elite athletic performance.

Harvard professor Dr. Michael Hamblin, PhD says that“Sports medicine will benefit from red light therapy because both professional and amateur athletes can better recover from intense exercise, and the process also aids training regimens. In the near future, sport agencies must deal with 'laser doping' by at least openly discussing it because the aforementioned beneficial effects and the pre-conditioning achieved by laser and LED irradiation will highly improve athletic performance.” 

How red and near-infrared light therapy works.

Red light therapy works by stimulating your body’s natural self-healing process which plays an important role in your muscle health. Vital Red Light devices emit red and near-infrared light, two specific  wavelengths that are naturally emitted by the sun. In targeted doses, these wavelengths have a healing effect on the body. Red light (660nm) is absorbed by your skin, leading to enhanced skin health and healing. Near infrared light (850nm), penetrates deep into your tissues, muscles, and body for inflammation support. 

As your body soaks up the natural light from your red light therapy device, your mitochondria become activated in producing energy for a wide range of functions. Red light penetrates the skin at varying depths, and its therapeutic benefits occur at the cellular level.

So, unlike medications that simply mask symptoms, red light works from inside out to promote health. Check out the article "Why use red light therapy?" for more information on this topic.

How you can use red light therapy to enhance your performance. 

Red light therapy builds muscle, delays fatigue, and accelerates the muscle recovery process. Hundreds of peer-reviewed clinical trials on red light therapy point to enhanced physical performance including improvements in strength, speed, and endurance, as well as faster muscle recovery after strenuous workouts and faster return-to-play after injury.

Muscle tissue has more mitochondria than any other place in the body. Your muscles are packed with mitochondria, because the mitochondria power all sorts of muscle movement. This means that your muscle tissue is particularly responsive to high doses of red and infrared light therapy. The mitochondria in your muscles are fueled by ATP. Because red and near infrared light therapy stimulate ATP production, your muscles are able to operate more efficiently after a light therapy treatment.

Because of the effect on ATP production and cellular healing mechanisms, red and near-infrared light help individuals to recover quickly after exercise and stimulate the muscle recovery process, meaning less fatigue and soreness. 

Benefits of red light therapy for athletes. 

Recent clinical studies have shown red and near-infrared light therapy can repair muscle, enhance athletic performance, and aid in the recovery process following workout or injury. Red light therapy can also help the body get more benefits from exercise, both in terms of muscle gain and fat loss [1,2,3].

There is also research showing that red and near-infrared light may help prevent muscle loss that occurs with aging [4].

More studies have shown red light therapy to: 
*Prevent muscle fatigue
*Enhance muscle strength
*Enhance muscle endurance
*Increase fat loss responses from exercise
*Increase muscle growth responses from exercise
*Promote faster recovery

A huge base of clinical evidence shows red light therapy improves athletic performance. 

There are hundreds of peer-reviewed studies have been published on red light therapy’s positive effective on athletic performance, strength, and endurance. In 2015, researchers performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of many of these randomized, placebo-controlled trials. The results were very positive with the majority of trials showing “significant improvement for the main measures related to performance” like speed, endurance, and max output. Researchers also concluded that “red light therapy improves muscular performance and accelerates recovery when applied before exercise.” [5] 

Red light therapy increases strength during exercise. 

A 2016 trial analyzed light therapy’s effects on men ages 18 to 35 performing strength training. People in the light therapy group “showed significant changes” in max torque for both leg extension and leg press exercises. Researchers concluded: “The application of phototherapy yields enhanced strength gains when it is applied before exercise. The application may have additional beneficial value in post-injury rehabilitation where strength improvements are needed." [6]

Another 2016 study using identical twins showed increased hypertrophy (muscle mass) in the red light therapy subject. They also reported an increase in the maximal load during exercise, as well as reduced fatigue. 

Another 2010 study on healthy physically-active men showed a reduced decrease in torque following a fatigue test in participants undergoing red light therapy treatment. This implies that red light therapy can help lessen muscle fatigue after strenuous exercise, thus improving strength and performance.

Another study on post-menopausal women showed red light therapy to increase total work and power during treadmill training. 

How to use red light therapy to increase your athletic performance. 

Using red light therapy is simple and easy. Simply switch on your Vital Red Light Therapy device, aim it at the part of your body that you wish to treat, and relax for 10 minutes while listening to music, meditating, reading a book, or drinking your morning coffee. Easy as that, no setup required. Just get comfortable and enjoy. With only a couple sessions a week, you will begin to feel the healing effects of red light therapy.

When it comes to using red light therapy for athletic performance, the timing of your light therapy session is important. Using red light therapy prior to exercise is most effective. To achieve the best results, use a combination of red and near-infrared light wavelengths.

Red light has a powerful effect on tissue that is just beneath the skin, including muscle, bone, and connective tissue (such as in the hands, feet, knees, neck, and ankles). While near-infrared light absorbs into deeper tissues and can therapeutically affect large muscle groups that are just out of reach of shorter-wavelength red light.


Throughout hundreds of clinical trials, men and women of all ages and body types are showing benefits from using red and near infrared light therapy. If you're looking for an actual physical performance boost that enhances your athletic performance, the red light therapy might be for you. Click here to see all of the natural benefits that red light therapy has to offer.

Which light therapy device is best for athletic performance. 

When it comes to selecting effective light therapy for athletic performance, it comes down to personal preference. Vital Red Light offers a variety of light therapy devices for specific lifestyles, needs, and budgets. For the first time, effective light therapy is accessible for all with Vital Red Light device options. Vital offers all-in-one, scientifically backed light therapy device that are both convenient and effective.

Below are Vital Red Light devices that will make the difference for your health:

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Vital Red Light therapy devices are safe, effective, and all natural. They enhance your health from the inside out, bringing you closer to your health, wellness, and beauty goals. Take a wellness cue from celebrities, pro athletes, & thousands more.

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