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

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flag football tournaments 1468969879 855456431 Taking The Ice Bath Plunge For Muscle Soreness  Helpful or Not?By Dev K. Mishra, M.D.
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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