Two hearts in ice
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Golgol Mebrahtu and Marcel Meeuwis have enjoyed some warm days in Melbourne in early autumn, but the pair were far from warm when this snap was taken recently. Indeed, the Melbourne Heart pair were having an ice bath following a training session!

And look at how different their expressions are. The suffering of the Africa-born attacker (left) is obvious, while his heavily tattooed Dutch team-mate looks like he hasn’t got a care in the world!

Since the turn of the century, ice baths have exploded in popularity among sportspeople, who use them to help their bodies recover, soothe their muscles and prevent injuries.

Famous advocates include former rugby union player Jonah Lomu, sprint king Usain Bolt, long-distance runner Paula Radcliffe and mixed martial artist Georges St-Pierre.

Australia’s national football team players have also become known for using ice baths.