NHL’s Flyers use Slurpees for Rehydration

23 Mar

Somethings about athletic training are just plain fun.  Being innovative and on the cutting edge is one of them.

The first-place Flyers frequently have a frozen beverage machine in their dressing room, filled with a concoction that “starts as a green-tea extract and comes in different fruit flavors” and that cools the body while replenishing nutrients.

From writer Frank Seravalli, who focused on how the frozen drink has helped goalie Brian Boucher(notes) overcome dehydration and cramping during games:

For most, Gatorade can’t replace the levels of sodium, potassium and magnesium, which can be added as a supplement to any given slush drink. The fact that the drink is frozen — and not room temperature or a little cooler like Gatorade — cools down the players’ internal organs quicker.

That, in turn, reduces core body temperature, slows sweating and begins the healing and recovery process faster. If used during a game, as Boucher does during stoppages, it can make a big difference. Boucher typically will consume two cups per period during a home game and four in any given practice.

Flyers trainer and strength coach Jim McCrossin tells the paper that NFL Philadelphia Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder shared an idea for the frozen drinks “that he found in an Australian magazine about rugby.” Just when you thought this story couldn’t get any more random …


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