WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — For most people, any term involving the prefix “cryo” probably calls to mind Forever Young, Demolition Man or Interstellar, or worse, the plight of poor Ted Williams.
But the Saints now have a cryochamber, and it’s got nothing to do with putting any of the players to sleep in an effort to preserve them for later rosters.
New Orleans is using the cryochamber as another way to help players recover after practice.
“If you’ve ever just sat in an ice tub, it’s real beneficial, and yet, it can kind of take your breath away,” Payton said. “Another technology is the cryochamber, which is new, a shorter period of time.”
Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis spent some time in the offseason researching the device, and it’s been put into practice for the entire team all summer.
After donning mittens and socks designed to protect fingers and toes, the player has to stand inside the cylinder for three minutes, and their body is enveloped in a freezing air mixture for three minutes.
Payton himself tried it Friday morning in West Virginia.
“It’s not easy, but I would say it’s easier than sitting in the plunge pool,” Payton said. “I got in it this morning. … It’s a long three minutes, but coming out of it, I know how it feels.”
New Orleans has encouraged the entire roster to give the cryochamber a try.
“I’m old-school, I like the cold tub,” defensive end Akiem Hicks said. “I’m using it. … You’ve got to use those things that can make you better.”
A few veterans, though, like to stick to the cold tub exclusively.
“I did it back in Metairie, and it’s different,” new running back C.J. Spiller said. “I’m a cold tub. I like getting in the cold tub and feeling my body go numb.”