Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has been the Indianapolis Colts' knight in shining armour this season, due to the fact when he has taken over under center in replacement of the injured Andrew Luck four times this season, the AFC South franchise has come out with four wins to follow.
This is an amazing achievement for not only a backup quarterback, but also for a player who is actually 40-years-old. It's a whole different level. With age comes wisdom, but the majority of people become more injury prone as well.
Hasselbeck has been doing his very best to avoid injuries, as starting Colts quarterback Luck is already out for an unpredictable amount of time with a lacerated kidney and abdomen injury. The former Seattle Seahawk has been doing everything he can to stay off the sidelines, and has even resorted to an odd sports recovery method.
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Most people will know the traditional method of sports recovery; ice baths. However, according to ESPN's Mike Wells, Hasselbeck visited human performance coach Kelly Starrett in San Francisco during the 2011 lockout who told him that ice baths are ineffective. Now, he wears compression socks instead.
“I go see this guy and he says there’s no proof that the cold tub is effective,” Hasselbeck said. “Between training camp and now I never step foot in the ice tub.”
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Looking at his stats, you can see it has had an effect on his game. While he hasn't played that many games as he is no longer a starter, so it is difficult to measure strongly how it has affected him recently, his stats did improve from his last season with the Seahawks in 2010, to his first season with the Tennesse Titans in 2011, with performances improving this season as well.
Challenges are still ahead for the Colts and Hasselbeck as they aim to finish at the top of the AFC South and qualify for the playoffs. They have games against all their divisional rivals and the Pittsburgh Steelers left this season, so if it was a walk in the park for Hasselbeck before, it certainly won't be now.
Hasselbeck isn't going to be replacing Luck permanently under center anytime soon thanks to this unusual recovery method, but he should be able to do his part to keep the Colts in the playoff hunt for the rest of the season.
You never know, he could continue to pull out some amazing performances and knock our socks off.