In a time when shock therapy is a legitimate treatment for calcified joints, GPS technology is the norm and training sessions are filmed by drones, nothing is surprising.
If your club has an open mind and a spare $300,000 burning a hole in the pocket, chances are a cryotherapy machine is being eyed off.
The reason? Helping big-dollar players recover faster so they spend less time in rehab and more time on the paddock.
Obviously this is the ultimate goal for every NRL club, but very few have branched out to try this experimental treatment, which involves placing players in a chamber at minus 85 degrees celsius in budgie smugglers and mittens.
The cost and the unknown element of such an extreme treatment means it is still taboo among the clubs, even though the treatment has swept right across the northern hemisphere into the NFL and the NBA.
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