Slipping into a bathtub filled with frigid water after a hard workout has long been routine for many athletes, who have believed that the chilly temperatures will reduce inflammation in their tired
muscles and help their bodies to physiologically recover more quickly from strenuous exercise. But a new study finds otherwise, reports Gretchen Reynolds
research by Queensland University of Technology in Australia that appeared in the Journal of Physiology
. Cellular evidence
suggests that a cold bath may do little for heavily exercised muscles except chill them.
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