29 Apr '14, 4pm

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So does this finally put a nail in the coffin of ice baths? Well, there are a few caveats. The most important is the exercise protocol (a HIT workout), which was sufficient to induce prolonged fatigue and reduced strength, but didn't cause much actual muscle damage. Many ice bath studies used protocols with eccentric muscle contractions (one-legged squats, downhill running, etc.) to induce severe delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS), involving significant damage to muscle fibers and subsequent swelling. This is a different kind of fatigue, and thus a different kind of recovery -- so it's possible that ice baths would outperform bath soap in an eccentric contraction protocol. Which is most relevant? Depends on what you're doing. As a runner, the fatigue I usually face after intense workouts or long runs is closer to the HIT protocol -- I'm tired and weak, but not DOMSed. On...

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