EXCLUSIVE: I told Michael Phelps to try cupping - now look at him! Fellow gold medal swimmer tells h
Former Team USA swimmer Natalie Coughlin introduced Michael Phelps to cupping about ten years ago
She says athletes wear their marks as a 'badge of honor' because they testify to sore muscles and hard workouts
Coughlin, who narrowly missed out on an Olympic berth this year, has long been a devotee of cupping
She was first introduced to the traditional Chinese therapy by the Australian swimming team
As well as Phelps, Coughlin has also introduced cupping to Ryan Lochte, 32, and her team mates at University of California, Berkeley
She says the therapy speeds up the recovery process - allowing the likes of Phelps to compete night after night without a break.
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