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Saturday 10 December 2016

Dublin's Cian O'Sullivan has ice bath installed at home in bid to make All Ireland final

Cian O'Sullivan, Dublin, arrives ahead of the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final Replay, Dublin v Mayo. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Cian O'Sullivan, Dublin, arrives ahead of the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final Replay, Dublin v Mayo. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Hopping into an ice bath after training where you have the solace that everyone else has to do it too is one thing... installing an ice bath in your home is another.

His Kilmacud Crokes team mate Ray Cosgrove has suggested that Dublin's Cian O'Sullivan has had an ice bath installed in his home to help aid his recovery from the hamstring injury he picked up in the dying seconds of the semi-final replay victory over Mayo.

With the popularity of cryotherapy on the rise as a rehabilitation technique, players are increasingly turning to the extreme remedy.

The treatment is tame when you consider that former Manchester United striker Louis Saha used leeches to reduce swelling in his knees.

American skier Lindsay Vonn applied cheese to her injured shin to reduce inflammation, while  Serbian soccer player Danko Lazovic, who used placenta juice on his hamstring to speed up his recovery.

A little ice won't hurt.

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