Ice for Injuries?

I’ve questioned the use of ice baths for a couple years now and have recommended against there every day use for ‘recovery’ because the research evidence actually refutes this myth and there’s some evidence to suggest it may inhibit training adaptations. The body of research against the use of ice baths as a recovery aid is building. Despite this, many players still like to use them (and swear by them!) and they’re common practice in many locker rooms after practices and games. Placebo effect or is the research missing something? I’ve heard some European teams go so far as to have mandatory 5 minute cold baths following every practice. I don’t think this is necessary and is a waste of time and resources. There’s a time and place for ice but as with everything we need to examine why we’re doing what we’re doing. Check out the interesting video above.


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Mike Young

Director of Performance at Athletic Lab
Mike is the Head Fitness Coach for the North Carolina Courage and North Carolina FC. He is also the owner and Director of Performance at Athletic Lab sports performance training center. He previously served as the fitness coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps and Carolina Railhawks. He has a PhD in Biomechanics, an MS in Coaching Science, and a BSS in Exercise Physiology and has coached Olympic and professional athletes in Skeleton, Track & Field, MLS and NASL Soccer, PGA Golf, NFL Football, MLB Baseball and Olympic Weightlifting. He has lectured around the world and authored 2 books and dozens of research and coaching articles.
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