Recovery and Ice Baths

Great comments! I was hoping this would stimulate more discussion. I sincerely think we need to better understand the timing and the effect of the application of various external recovery modalities. We also need to better understand the bodies natural inflammatory response to training stresses. Even if the response is a placebo response that is acceptable.


At 7/16/07, 4:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've yet to hear anyone mention the toxic effect of damaged cells to healthy undamaged cells. Ice prevents the spread if you will of the toxicity from damaged cells to healthy cells thus reducing the overall damaged area. This is especially true for injuries. As for DOMS, the cell damage must be significant enough for ice to be effective. How significant? I don't know. Definitely less effective for trained individuals trying to recover from a hard workout. More effective for an untrained individual trying to minimize soreness after a hard workout.

Jonathan Hewitt ATC

At 7/16/07, 11:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting article on the net about ice baths and bringing back the dead from sudden heart attack. I spoke to a nurse today that has seen it happen twice. I have often thought ice was effective on acute traumatic injuries as much for it effect on metabolism as its effect on circulation. As in everything else - use it in its proper time and place.

Mark Day


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