BLOG: The ice tub calleth Redskins players after practice

RICHMOND, Va. (WUSA9) -- It isn't fun. In fact it's downright dreadful.

"I ain't gonna lie, I don't like the ice tub. It's hectic, it's pretty painful," Redskins defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins said.

I often wondered why a grown man would subject his body to core temperature shock after a hard, hot practice. It turns out there's an explanation.

"It helps with the lactic acid. It helps with the soreness and the inflammation that comes in the body and if you don't do it, it's just sitting there," linebacker Keenan Robinson said.

OK Dr. Robinson, I believe you, still it's not a pleasant experience.

"I think right now it's the coldest it's ever been," Robinson said.

Well, I took a dip and I can attest, it's cold. When Redskins safety Ryan Clark dips in, he gets downright spiritual, singing old church hymns.

"Take me to the water, take me to the water," bellows Clark loudly after practice.

"Every time I jump in I and come up people ask me if I saw God down there," said Clark. "I say I almost needed him to come grab me and get me up out of this water."

Clark's strategy of diving in sure can be debated but here's what can't, after the limbs submerge, muscles feel brand new.


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