A Recovery Ice Bath Isn't (Always) Such a Good Idea
They're painful but also magical, relieving the post-workout soreness that afflicts so many athletes. But do they really aid recovery? Increasingly, the evidence says no.
By: David Despain Apr 30, 2015
Ice bath Benefits(speculative) & Drawbacks
In sports therapy, an ice bath or sometimes a cold-water immersion or cold therapy is a training regimen usually following a period of intense exercise in which a substantial part of a human body is immersed in a bath of ice or ice-water for a limited duration.
While it is becoming increasingly popular and accepted among athletes in a variety of sports, the method is controversial and potentially dangerous with little solid scientific evidence to support or refute its usefulness or to understand its method of operation within the body, although there is speculation about processes within the body regarding vasoconstriction. In medicine, the practice would be classified as cryotherapy which uses low temperatures as medical therapy.
Bathing in ice after intense exercise 'does not work', says new report
• Sports people 'risk their health' by plunging into icy water
• Report claims ice baths have no beneficial impact on body
8 November 2012
Ice bath dos and don’ts: When runners should resort to ice baths and how to get the right temperature
By cooling down irritated, inflamed muscles, tendons and ligaments, the expected post-event muscle soreness will be way less the next day; the cooling decreases your body’s natural inflammatory response.
8 Ice Bath Dos and Don'ts
By Andy Schmitz • USA Triathlon