Ice Baths

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    Oct 26, 2011 5:29 AM GMT
    What do you think about them? I honestly think it has been effective, especially after tuesdays which are usually crazy for me. For example today was 1 hour Frisbee game, 2v2 basketball game, a 4v4 dodgeball game in a raquetball court, then a double header of volleyball. My legs are dead, especially from diving.



    Do you guys support or are you against Ice baths and why?
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    Oct 26, 2011 2:35 PM GMT
    You just need a good groping massage. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 26, 2011 4:58 PM GMT
    Ice baths have become a regular practice for many higher level athletes. It helps to promote recovery of Dom’s (delayed onset muscle soreness) from work outs and training, can reduce swelling, and inflammation of joints. If you have access to hydro-therapy tubs it makes things a lot easier.

    I have a friend that runs in my running group. Every Saturday rain or shine year round he goes for a swim in the ocean (I live on the west coast in Canada). He was complaining about sore stiff muscles from his new weight training program, so I told him that his swim (in January) would be good for him and relieve some of his pain. Later after his swim at brunch he told me that it did in fact help a great deal, prompting this very same conversation.

    For me I have a huge aversion to the cold. Frankly I’d rather deal with Dom’s the good old fashioned way. But if you can handle an ice bath, good on you!
  • Ironman4U

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    Oct 26, 2011 5:08 PM GMT
    On rare occasion, I will subject myself to an ice bath. It's always after an extremely long workout of running/biking of 3 to 8 hours. There's no doubt in my mind that they work...it's just the agony you have to go through.

    I spoke to someone recently that said they keep a jacket or something warm on top as they sit in the ice bath. It makes sense but I never thought of it. I typically am nude with a towel that I wrap around my head and put in my mouth. I bite down on the towel, in lieu of screaming like a little girl, for the first couple minutes.
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    Oct 26, 2011 5:23 PM GMT
    After a good work out (lifting / aerobics, or swimming 1000 yards on alt. days) I like the steam and after that, the ice cold plunge - then I hit the showers and head out.

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    Nov 24, 2011 6:01 PM GMT
    I highly recommend them if you can bear the cold. All my physical therapists suggested that I take ice baths, and they helped tremendously. Biting down on a towel or shirt or something similar helped me get through them. Good luck.
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    Nov 24, 2011 11:44 PM GMT
    I find ice to be helpful for:

    • Bone or Spinal Problems
    • Muscle Swelling

    Otherwise, I think heat is more beneficial for general achy muscles or to relieve stiffness.
  • LJay

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    Nov 25, 2011 12:10 AM GMT
    Don't your boys wanna do the high jump when you sit in the tub?
  • MikemikeMike

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    Nov 28, 2011 6:05 AM GMT
    I play men's doubles in volleyball league and have played from 8-11 at times. I can still beat the 20 somethings. I guess I am used to it.

    In the begining I took calcium magnesium and malic acid before bed and the muscle soreness was almost gone by morning. I usually still eat a banana and an apple before bed. Read up on it.icon_idea.gif
  • tuffguyndc

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    Nov 28, 2011 6:08 AM GMT
    actually they are great. they really help your body to calm down. When you a lot of pounding on your body its a good way to help reduce the inflammation
  • safety43_mma1...

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    Nov 28, 2011 6:12 AM GMT
    ice baths r ok i guess i do better with a hot bath and then ice on and off that works for football.
  • maxferguson

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    Feb 25, 2012 8:32 AM GMT
    I used to do hydrotherapy regularly, but I haven't in a while. The idea is to get your blood flowing enough to flush out lactic acid. The "old school" (what I'll call how we did it) was both hot AND cold tubs. We'd sit in the cold tub for 3 minutes, and move right to the hot for three minutes, wait until it was our turn again and then go for 2 and 2, and then 1 and 1. As far as I know there is nothing wrong with doing both hot and cold, but the belief now seems to be that you only need cold. This seems logical -- your body temp starts to fall and your body tries to localize the blood to keep your vital organs warm. When you get out, it releases. Not as quickly, but quickly enough. I

    Either way, I felt like a million $$ afterwards icon_razz.gif