06 Jan '13, 1am

Finally! The truth about ice baths: #Runner #Recovery

Finally! The truth about ice baths: #Runner #Recovery

Two studies say yes, if you do them correctly By Scott Douglas Long a practice of elites, post-run ice baths have come under a bit of – mixed metaphor alert! – fire lately, on two grounds: that regularly taking ice baths blunts some of the desired effects of training, and that there’s little evidence to support proponents’ claims that they speed recovery. We’ll get to the first contention later in this article. Concerning evidence for ice baths’ efficacy, two new studies add some evidence in ice baths’ favour. In the first , published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise , nine runners ran for half an hour at a not-slow steady pace, then did an interval workout. Afterwards, they put one leg (“to the level of their gluteal fold,” as the researchers put it) in an ice bath for 15 minutes and left the other leg out. When the researchers measured physiological parameters ...

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