Friday, May 25, 2012

Whether it’s in a barrel, bathtub or battered old bin, trust us: your muscles will thank you for a cold dip. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

Cryotherapy:   It may sound like a space-age treatment involving liquid ice, therapeutic pods and waking up in the year 2086. The reality is it’s a cold bath. And it could be the answer to your post-match aches and pains.

A review of studies into how a cold water plunge combats delayed onset muscle soreness  -the stiffness and aches you get for a day or two after the game – has found there’s more significant reduction in soreness for one to four days after a match if you take a cold bath.

For players playing games close together, this is one potentially good, fast muscle recovery option that was found to reduce muscle soreness by up to 20%. Based on looking at over  a dozen trials, mainly with young male athletes, and found that when compared to just resting after a game, players who got into a 60-degree Fahrenheit (10-15C) cold bath and stayed in it for at least five minutes reduced muscle soreness over the next four days.

A warning, though:

“Take it gradually, with cool baths at first, before lowering the temperature,” A cool bath will come as a physiological shock to the system when you first jump in.”

From the desk of: Ken Krieger – TDOC

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