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Russell Wilson has made a bizarre claim about how he prevented a concussion

Wilson says a $3 bottle of water is the reason his concussion went away.

Wilson says the water both cured and prevented further concussion.
Wilson says the water both cured and prevented further concussion.
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IN A PROFILE published on Wednesday in Rolling Stone, Russell Wilson offered a peculiar answer to how he recovered from a head injury he suffered during the Seahawks’ NFC Championship victory over the Green Bay Packers.

He claimed that Reliant Recovery Water, a sports drink with “nanobubbles” that Wilson has invested in, helped cure the injury, an assertion that his agent, Mark Rodgers, downplayed.

Wilson claimed that the $3 bottle of water (which contains nanobubbles and electrolytes and claims to help athletes recover faster after workouts) also healed a teammates knee injury, on top of preventing his own concussion.

“I banged my head during the Packers game in the playoffs, and the next day I was fine,” says Wilson. “It was the water.”
Rodgers offers a hasty interjection. “Well, we’re not saying we have real medical proof.”“I banged my head during the Packers game in the playoffs, and the next day I was fine,” says Wilson. “It was the water.”
But Wilson shakes his head, energized by the subject. He speaks with an evangelist’s zeal.
“I know it works.” His eyes brighten. “Soon you’re going to be able to order it straight from Amazon.”

The anecdote blew up on Twitter, and Wilson has since doubled down on his claim. On Wednesday afternoon, he said it “helped prevent” him from getting a concussion:

On the company’s website, there’s a paragraph about the drink’s supposed medical benefits:

Proven through scientific research, using recovery water will help reduce pain and inflammation from your active lifestyle; accelerate recovery from injury and muscle related stress; decrease fatigue for higher energy during activity; speed muscle recovery after activity; and deliver better hydration and an increased sense of well-being.

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