Ice bath: New study doesn't find benefits

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, citing 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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2 comments about "Ice bath: New study doesn't find benefits".
  1. Nick Daverese, March 16, 2017 at 2:41 p.m.

    A lot of athletes do it including dancers. So it doesn't work for them? Every athlete now does a cool down after to get the acid out of their legs it make the recovery time faster. Some take episom salt baths.

    On swelling older athletes some take an Advil an hour before a game to reduce swelling. Especially after just getting over an injury.
    Fact is if they believe it works that is half the battle.

  2. Nick Daverese, March 16, 2017 at 2:43 p.m.

    In the old days when Dinosaurs walked the earth clubs had a team masseur to help recover after a game.

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