Taking The Ice Bath Plunge For Muscle Soreness- Helpful or Not?

Taking The Ice Bath Plunge For Muscle Soreness- Helpful or Not?

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President, Sideline Sports Doc
Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University
Key Points:

Ice baths have been popular with adult endurance athletes for a long time, and are claimed to reduce soreness and improve recovery
The available evidence seems to indicate that post exercise ice – or heat – can reduce muscle soreness, and possibly reduce muscle microtrauma
There is no consensus regarding improved recovery or performance
Active recovery (meaning: a cool down jog or light cycling) clearly seems to be effective
I advise caution for the young athlete, as the published studies are done on adult athletes
I have a feeling there is more fad than fact here

I’ve noticed for a long time now that adult endurance athletes will often jump into an ice bath after a race or particularly strenuous training session…

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