With Halloween right around the corner, we’ll start here: Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro isn’t planning on getting his head shaved and surgically frozen.

Breathing out

But that doesn’t mean he’s giving cryotherapy the cold shoulder.

Well, actually he is, but not in a Ted Williams cryogenic kind of way (more on that reference below if unfamiliar).

As part of an offseason regimen leading up to the regular season, Hero has been working on a muscle recovery and rehabilitation program with MuscleLab and performance coach Vatche Orishian in addition to his heat conditioning therapy.

Moving forward with the program, Hero is following in the footsteps of NBA crew converts such as LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Ben Simmons and formerly Kobe Bryant, as well as boxers such as Deonte Wilder, Jake Paul and Oscar De La Hoya. Paul, in fact, returned to cryotherapy ahead of Saturday’s fight against Anderson Silva.

It’s a science that’s still evolving, with notable missteps such as when Olympic sprinter Justin Gatlin developed frostbite from whole-body cryotherapy treatments on his feet and ankles and then, in 2019, When NFL receiver Antonio Brown missed practice with frostbite. Such therapy was later associated with wet socks.

For some people the treatment is considered somewhat of a placebo effect.

For the hero, being at court is a legitimate boost.

“It was just in summer, just like a cryo tank. It gets like minus 230 degrees,” he told the Sun Sentinel. “Pretty much you’ve got to be in there for like two minutes. If you’re in there too long, you’re going to get cold. So it’s like two minutes of therapy. But it resets your whole body. , I think so.

“It makes me feel amazing.”

Andy Trees, founder of Muscle Lab, further explains the Hero treatment, emphasizing the goal of cooling the body down to 45 degrees.

“It’s almost like your body thinks it’s dying,” Trace said. “So this is where your body responds to that is what it’s saying to your body to reset and refresh.”

Now it’s just a matter of finding the right time, Herro said, already having a place in Miami to handle it, with MuscleLab expanding from Los Angeles to Miami and Las Vegas.

“In the summer I was doing it every other day. But in the season I’ll probably do it on the off days in Miami,” he said, Thursday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on the second stop of a three-game road trip. was faced

For Hero, 22, an offseason goal added strength. By shortening his recovery time and speeding up his preparation, he believes he can maintain his strength.

“I’m stronger than last year,” he said. “I’m getting stronger with age. I’m still young.”

Open to young and new prospects to ensure that he goes to court and stays in court, with proper security arrangements.

“After 30 seconds of your being in there, it will stop itself. We always have a therapist in the machine directly looking at the client,” Trace said.

Of course, when it comes to the biggest topic of colds, namely cryogenics (as opposed to cryotherapy) and athletes, there is also the infamous story of Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams’ frozen head several years after his death. I’m in a lab in Arizona. In 2002

In 2009, an ESPN report stated that in the book: “Frozen: My Journey Into the World of Cryonics, Deception and Death,” an employee of the lab described “a . . . official monkeying with Williams’ frozen severed head.” Tried to dislodge a tuna while swinging a wrench. The first swing hit the head by mistake.”

Harrow said he was thankfully unfamiliar with this piece of sports, but not overly concerned.

“I don’t plan to die soon,” he said with a laugh. “I never plan to die. And I don’t plan to put my head in a tank.