This article is part of our Injury Analysis series.
The Brown saga carries over into another week as the wideout is now at odds with the league regarding his helmet. The helmet Brown has worn throughout his career is no longer certified by the National Operating Committee for Standards and Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE), the group tasked with testing and grading the safety and effectiveness of sporting equipment. However, Brown insists his helmet meets his specific needs and should not be banned as it has never been adequately tested. The outcome of the dispute will be interesting to monitor, given the ongoing issues surrounding head injuries in the NFL.
As the helmet issue persists, Brown is still managing the injury on the opposite end of his body. Brown has been dealing with extremely blistered feet, linked to a mishap in a cryotherapy chamber. Cryotherapy chambers have risen to popularity amongst professional athletes in recent years, with many teams now utilizing their own chambers in house. In the treatment, an athlete enters a cylindrical chamber. Over a three-minute period, the individual is exposed to temperatures as low as -140 degrees C. The low temperatures are achieved in one of two ways, liquid nitrogen or refrigerated cold air. The treatment is based on the idea that by exposing the body to subzero temps, its natural response will be stimulated following a period of vasoconstriction (narrowing of the body's blood vessels). As a result, the individual will report feeling better and healing will occur quicker.
However, there are safety measures that