30 Apr '13, 7pm

Do Ice Baths Reduce Muscle Soreness?

If you do an especially long or hard run and think you'll be unusually sore from it, immersing your legs in cold water soon after will probably help reduce delayed onset muscle soreness, according to a review of studies on cold-water therapy that will be published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine . In reviewing research on cryotherapy, or cold water immersion, Australian sport scientists found that, compared to doing nothing, cryotherapy helped in the few days following workouts that led to high levels of muscle soreness. In running, this above-and-beyond soreness usually results from longer, harder runs over courses with lots of downhill stretches. "This review provides some evidence that cold water immersion reduces delayed onset muscle soreness after exercise when compared with rest or no intervention," the reviewers wrote. Athletes reported less soreness from ...

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