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spreadeagle
03-18-2012, 04:14 PM
Sounds like something from the future lol...




The Suns are freezing their players off the court so that they will move more freely on the court. Cryotherapy has entered the NBA vernacular, and the Suns are one of four teams to have a cryosauna in their facility for a chilling training approach.

With the franchise's $50,000 investment in the equipment, Suns players are stepping into a nitrogen gas cylindrical chamber that accelerates and intensifies a process previously left to 12 minutes in an ice bath.

The Suns still use ice baths but now have a mechanism that requires only three minutes of a dry freeze. Marcin Gortat compares it to walking outside in Poland in the winter.


Players, while standing, rotate every 30 seconds. Bursts of gas blow from the interior sides of the unit to surround the player's body, starting out at minus-166 degrees and quickly cooling to between minus-256 and minus-274. The machine is capable of dipping to minus-320.

The hyper-cold temperature shocks the body, sending it into "survival mode," Suns head athletic trainer Aaron Nelson said. The immune system prompts blood to rush away from the extremities to protect the vital organs in the player's core, where the blood is oxygen- and nutrient-enriched. Once the three minutes in the chamber ends, the body relaxes from the stress and sends the enriched blood to areas it is needed, such as fatigued muscles.
"I get in after a game," Hill said. "It's helped me a lot on back-to-backs. I also get in there sometimes before games. It's definitely cutting edge and one of the new methods of recovery that I think, in five to 10 years, we'll see that lots of pro and college teams have it. I don't know exactly what it's doing to your body but I know when you get out, you just feel really good. I've tried it after games, mornings of back-to-backs before the second games and before games, and I get great results."

The Suns training room was one of the first, if not the first, in the NBA in past years to get equipment like an underwater treadmill and an anti-gravity treadmill for conditioning while rehabilitating injuries and an altitude simulation chamber to spur conditioning.

The Cryosauna is part of the athletic trainers' philosophy to be more about injury prevention than treatment. The Suns have missed the fewest games to injury (four) of any NBA team.Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/sports/articles/2012/03/16/20120316phoenix-suns-love-big-chill.html#ixzz1pV94THrj

nitric
03-18-2012, 04:16 PM
The secret is finally out!

jetsfan28
03-18-2012, 04:22 PM
ice to see their medical staff being progressive

spreadeagle
03-18-2012, 04:24 PM
Throw my man Greg Oden in there for a day er two...he be all healed up! haha

netsgiantsyanks
03-18-2012, 04:24 PM
^lol. but this is cool as ****.

spreadeagle
03-18-2012, 04:25 PM
ice to see their medical staff being progressive

I see what you did there :clap:

justinnum1
03-18-2012, 04:25 PM
im surprised there owner spends money

gaughan333
03-18-2012, 04:26 PM
I feel like that would suck

Jenceman
03-18-2012, 04:28 PM
That's pretty cool, but sounds painful

conway429
03-18-2012, 04:34 PM
The Suns have only missed 4 games due to injury wttffffff

tr3ymill3r
03-18-2012, 04:42 PM
A few of the richer players in leagues actually have purchased something very similar for their homes, called hyperbaric chambers. Provides 100% oxygen. Terrell Owens was one that used it all the time and it helped keep him in shape.

-Kobe24-TJ19-
03-18-2012, 04:43 PM
you guys didnt know that?, its pretty usual process in here, europe

smith&wesson
03-18-2012, 04:47 PM
now we know why nash is still in phx ... because they keep him playing like a 25 year old .

blastmasta26
03-18-2012, 04:50 PM
Only four teams use these? I don't get why more teams don't try cutting-edge techniques more often. It took a long time for most teams to implement advanced statistics in their evaluation, and will probably take a long time for this as well.

Revolu7i9n
03-18-2012, 04:57 PM
There was a big write-up in ESPN the mag or SI (I don't remember which) about how the Mavs were using this.

ElFuturoDeESPN
03-18-2012, 05:00 PM
Reminds me of Austin Powers for whatever reason.

"WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?!"

tr3ymill3r
03-18-2012, 05:01 PM
It's not as if this is a big secret, but I can imagine that other teams will jump on the bandwagon with this treatment as well.

chitown4eva88
03-18-2012, 05:02 PM
Does anyone know who the other 3 teams are?

NetsPaint
03-18-2012, 05:04 PM
Only four teams use these? I don't get why more teams don't try cutting-edge techniques more often. It took a long time for most teams to implement advanced statistics in their evaluation, and will probably take a long time for this as well.
Same here. I'd be spending crazy money to research all that stuff all over the world.

ACanadian
03-18-2012, 05:08 PM
It's just like the movies lol

xILLN355
03-18-2012, 05:18 PM
they got the idea when Master Chief froze himself for 1000's of years in the Halo series

NetsPaint
03-18-2012, 05:20 PM
I wonder what would happen if Jordan signed with the Suns.

jetsfan28
03-18-2012, 10:32 PM
I see what you did there :clap:

:bow:

Although it got a colder reception than I would have liked. May be time to put Batman & Robin references on ice for a while.

JLynn943
03-18-2012, 10:41 PM
Does anyone know who the other 3 teams are?

Pretty sure Minnesota is one of them

blastmasta26
03-18-2012, 10:49 PM
It's not as if this is a big secret, but I can imagine that other teams will jump on the bandwagon with this treatment as well.

Every medical staff should copy what Phoenix is doing.

sunsfan88
03-18-2012, 11:22 PM
Michael Redd with 25 pts, 10-13 FG, 3-5 from 3 FGs, 2-3 FTs, 2 rebounds

All that in just 18 mins in today's win over Houston.

kingsdelez24
03-18-2012, 11:41 PM
They cartmanned themselves

irobson
03-18-2012, 11:54 PM
A few of the richer players in leagues actually have purchased something very similar for their homes, called hyperbaric chambers. Provides 100% oxygen. Terrell Owens was one that used it all the time and it helped keep him in shape.


Come on man...this is nothing like a hyperbaric chamber... a hyperbaric chamber is 100% pure oxygen...this is a way to freeze your body to get enriched blood into part of your body where it needs recovery

braveniler58
03-18-2012, 11:54 PM
It's the Suns' medical staff. Anyone else surprised?

Other teams should pay the Suns draft picks to rent the Warlocks for a day.

Rndy
03-18-2012, 11:55 PM
wtf Chicago get on this. I'd freeze Hamilton for a week or two.

NetsPaint
03-19-2012, 12:06 AM
Well I have a hyperbolic time chamber, don't mean to gloat.

GunFactor187
03-19-2012, 12:51 AM
Mother of God...

JermanJaysFan
03-19-2012, 01:04 AM
A few of the richer players in leagues actually have purchased something very similar for their homes, called hyperbaric chambers. Provides 100% oxygen. Terrell Owens was one that used it all the time and it helped keep him in shape.
Not remotely the same thing.

Raps18-19 Champ
03-19-2012, 01:53 AM
That sounds so awesome.

iFYouSeekAmy
03-19-2012, 01:55 AM
Sun's medical staff at work... wouldn't be surprised if Nash and Hill played 20 more years.

mdm692
03-19-2012, 02:00 AM
I wonder what would happen if Jordan signed with the Suns.

:drools: lol sign timmy d nash/mj/hill/duncan/gortat lol

gotoHcarolina52
03-19-2012, 02:13 AM
It's Space Voodoo!

Antipod
03-19-2012, 02:22 AM
I hope Oden reads this !

Vincent
03-19-2012, 03:18 AM
Oh now I get it, with the incredibly warm weather that Chicago has experiencing, no wonder D Rose keeps getting injured.

I hope the Bulls order two of those. lol

Baller1
03-19-2012, 03:28 AM
Sounds like it would ****ing suck to me...

I mean I understand why they do it obviously, but it just sounds painful to me.

Blackification
03-19-2012, 03:40 AM
There's a video of it here

http://www.nba.com/suns/video/introducing-suns-cryo-chamber

NoahH
03-19-2012, 01:35 PM
It took my a couple minutes of reading this to realize this was legit and not fake lol

EYDI819
03-19-2012, 02:37 PM
Thats why Nash is still topping the Assists Leader Board.