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Like Olympic swimmers, Giants cups runneth over

United States' Michael Phelps competes in a heat

United States' Michael Phelps competes in a heat of the men's 200-meter butterfly during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Credit: AP / Lee Jin-man

Remember cupping? It was the treatment that caught a lot of attention during last month’s Olympics when swimmers would show up with circles imprinted on their skin from a machine that used suction to increase blood flow to specific areas of the body. Well, it’s not just for the pool boys any more.

Several Giants players have been walking around the locker room this season with those familiar markings, including linebacker Keenan Robinson. He said he began with the technique in the spring when he arrived with the Giants as a free agent.

“What it does is pull the skin away from the muscle tissue,” Robinson said. “There is blood flow there from the suction, which helps blood flow, which help healing. Things are able to flow and move better under the skin.”

Robinson said he noticed a difference “right away.” He said it’s not particularly painful, but if there is too much suction it can be “a little annoying for a little bit.”

“Most time,” he said, “you don’t even notice it.”

Robinson was in training camp during the Olympics, but he was aware of the buzz surrounding the treatments. And he’s seen others join in.

“Eastern medicine has been doing it forever,” Robinson said. “But once Michael Phelps does it, everybody wants to do it.”


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