The most popular and widespread use of ice baths is for the treatment of sports injuries, strained muscles and general soreness. This is widely known as recovery. The science of Athlete Recovery is based on centuries old knowledge that ice packs applied to injuries are very effective in reducing in inflammation and pain.
BUILDING ATHLETIC ENDURANCE
By using an ice bath to remove heat from the body’s surface tissues and muscles before training or hard competition, athlete’s and that they can maintain high levels of activity for longer.
When any of the body’s soft tissues, muscles or joints are damaged, usually the first reaction of the immune systems is the process leading to what is generally described as inflammation. Inflammation is the immune system’s primary defense mechanism against injury and irritation.
IMPROVED SLEEP AND WELL-BEING
One of the most important bene ts of ice baths is also the most widely reported by athletes. The overwhelming majority of athletes report that they sleep more soundly and they feel more calm and relaxed the next day.