Professional athletes will do pretty much anything to get a performance edge, but this latest trick sounds especially nutty. Using a machine called a Cryosauna, the athlete stands in a tube filled with nitrogen gas at -275 degrees Fahrenheit for two minutes, causing blood to rush towards their vital organs.You think these guys have ever heard of the placebo effect?
The idea is that the super cold dip tricks the body into thinking it's dying, and rushes blood to vital organs like the heart, brain, and lungs to preserve them. Then when you step out of the cold the blood rushes back to your muscles again, only now it's saturated with extra oxygen from being in your heart and lungs.
One day you wash up on the beach, wet and naked. Another day you wash back out. In between, the scenery changes constantly.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Stupid Athletic Tricks
Athletes freeze their bodies to -275 degrees to get an edge
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