9 Disgusting Things Athletes Have Tried to Get a Performance Edge

Nine gross and dangerous (not to mention ineffective) practices that prove some misguided athletes will try anything to win.

Getting Smacked in the Face

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Getting Smacked in the Face

Former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle John Henderson used to have team trainer Joe Sheehan slap him across the face before games. In order to get pumped up for kickoff, Henderson commanded that Sheehan not give him "little girl" slaps, telling the trainer, "you gotta make blood through the mouth!"

Henderson was a two-time Pro Bowler, so the unusual habit seemed to work alright for him. You probably shouldn't follow his lead, but if you're the type of athlete who intentionally wants to get smacked in the face, we probably can't reason with you.


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