Amar'e Stoudemire has had a tough time with injuries whilst with the New York Knicks and the latter stages of his career has been plagued with knee issues but has the power forward stumbled upon a strange ailment to rejuvenate his body?
Bathing in what?
Stoudemire has found a way to play in three pre-season game for the Knicks in just four nights, after the game he told reporters that his surgically repaired knees felt great and his body felt rejuvenated.
The New York big men has admitted to a special bathing technique that he has applied over the last six months to rejuvenate his body ready for the NBA season, he has been taking baths in red wine at a local spa.
After a three hour practice with the franchise on Thursday, Stoudemire explained his recent exposure to red wine-bathing, he said:
"The red wine bath is very important to me because it allows me to create more circulation in my red blood cells, Plus, it's very hot, so it's like a hot tub. But it's also the red wine ... just kind of soothes the body."
The 31-year-old forward took to his official Instagram page to show his fans just what is involved in his rejuvenation, he posted this image yesterday with the caption: "Recovery Day! Red Wine Bath !! #Kinging #Blessed #Hebrews Getting ready for the eighth day feast."
Stoudemire isn't the fist person to apply this practice, there are spas all around the country that provide vinotherapy or vinotherapie.
To explain the official benefits of bathing in red wine, Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa in New York City said: "Grape polyphenols fight against free radicals, which cause 80 percent of skin aging. ... In addition to their exceptional antioxidant power, polyphenols reinforce microcirculation, protect elastin and collagen fibers and prevent the destruction of the fundamental elements of the skin's support tissues."
Stoudemire has already preached the benefits it has to offer and points to the three pre-season games in four nights as tangible evidence of its effects.
He commented after practice on Thursday: "Well, yesterday I felt great, And after doing that recovery day, my legs felt rejuvenated. I felt great, so I'm going to continue to do that for sure."
Amar'e is entering the final year of his deal with the New York Knicks but has no plans to retire soon, he will have to work a new deal out with the franchise or test the free agency waters this summer.