This Is Why The Rio Athletes Have These Strange Bruises

2016-08-09 00:04:52Z
Carly Heading
Carly Heading

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If you’re like us and you’re literally addicted to the 2016 games, you would’ve noticed the full on bruises on the athletes.

While watching the Olympics it has come to a lot of people attention that some of the athletes look like they just lost a fight with some weird type of jellyfish… but never fear, it is actually a type of treatment.


According to The Independent, the marks come from an ancient Chinese form of acupuncture called ‘cupping.’ The technique has been around for thousands of years.

Basically, they place hot cups on the skin to create a vacuum. They believe that cupping helps to push blood flow to support muscle healing.

While it looks super painful, it is actually the opposite, the bruises also seem to get worse a couple days after the treatment!
A lot of athletes have turned to ‘cupping’ for the Rio Olympics... and others have labelled it as a fad.

It still looks pretty painful for us, but at least we know they are okay!!


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