Serie A club SSC Napoli have explained their players’ use of Bins as chambers for cryotherapy – the use of cold or low temperatures in therapy against muscle or tissue pains and other skin conditions, during their pre-season training program, Completesports.com reports.
A photo showing some Gennaro Gattuso’s players using long plastic bin for their therapy was widely shared on Social Media on Monday, with users labelling it as an abnormal usage of dirty equipment.
Napoli officially responded on Tuesday, explaining that it’s a healthy practice as they are actually new bins never used for refuse disposal – that the equipment are maintained hygienically for cryotherapy.
The club further clarified that the use of long bins for cryotherapy is a common practice among clubs.
“It’s embarrassing how some sections of the media have reported the news that Napoli players have been undergoing cryotherapy in rubbish bins, without at least verifying the reasons behind this initiative and whether it was Gattuso’s idea or a common practice,” Napoli tweeted on their Twitter handle.
“We will do the work which hasn’t been done, shall we? Question: why are you using bins? Because there is much more space and the players are submerged up to their waists. Also, bins are in line with the anti-covid protocols as each player is submerged alone.
“Question: are the bins clean or dirty? Obviously, not only are they clean, but also new, unused and are sanitised three times a day.
The Napoli Twitter post added: “Question: are you the only club to use this method? No, many teams do.
“Question: so it wasn’t Gattuso’s idea? No.”
Gennaro Gattuso’s team are shaping up for the 2020/21 football season, both in the domestic competitions and in Europe.
Coppa Italia Champions Napoli are looking to come better than their seventh position finish in Serie A last term, and a glorious run in the Europa League.
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