Polar Panthers club: Watch Carolina players grin and bear freezing ice baths
Modern sports medicine (and fistfuls of cash) gives NFL players access to cryotherapy, hyperbaric chambers, chiropractors, acupuncturists and other advanced methods for healing up and preventing injury.
Meanwhile, good 'ol fashioned (and fairly unpleasant) ice baths remain popular to control swelling and inflammation from getting bruised during practice.
"Oh, I dread it every time," Kuechly said. "You can't just sit there. If you do, just thinking about how cold it is and you start to go a little stir crazy."