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Cryotherapy under consideration for CCU student athletes

Cryotherapy could help athletes heal quicker. (Source: WMBF News) Cryotherapy could help athletes heal quicker. (Source: WMBF News)

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The coldest day ever recorded in South Carolina was Jan. 21, 1985, when it hit -19 degrees, according to Weather.com.

That's nothing compared to the conditions Coastal Carolina University athletes might subject themselves to, and it's actually designed to heal them faster.

It's called "Cryotherapy" and temperatures can get as low as -210 degrees.

We've seen all different ways athletes use to recover - from ice baths, warm and cold compresses, to even hyperbaric chambers to increase their oxygen as they sleep.

Cryotherapy is different. You get inside a liquid nitrogen chamber for up to three minutes at a time. This is designed to eliminate toxins and create new white blood cells.

Some members of CCU's athletic staff tried it out at Health Source Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab in Surfside Beach.

These guys are former athletes who even played ball at the professional level.

Chris Carter, who is the director of athletic apparel, said this treatment could be a game-changer.

"It's definitely different coming from where I played pro ball. I used to ice bath quite a bit and you kind of get the same feeling as it, but you don't feel like you're frozen when you come walking out," he said. "It feels like it has the same effects but you're not 100 percent frozen."

Three more cryotherapy centers will be built along the Grand Strand soon.

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