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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