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From: Luke (
Subject:         @Doug - a question about icing
Date: January 9, 2013 at 12:48 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: Opinion on icing sports injuries? posted by Dr. Doug Graham on January 5, 2013 at 10:04 pm:

Hi Doug,

been wanting to ask you this for a while.

In the Wharton Active-Isolated Stretch book, this is what they say about icing -
"When your muscles have been active, they have already been heated up. Cold reduces swelling and initially restricts blood flow, providing a natural compress on the microscopic tears in the tissue that are leaking blood into the traumatized area. Shortly, the body will recruit new blood to the cold area (notice it turns a little red?) The new blood flashes out metabolic wastes and lactic acid - byproducts of heavy muscle activity."
Do you disagree with any part of this? And so you're convinced that icing definitely doesn't speed up nor is beneficial to recovery?

Also, i watched a documentary about professional 100metre sprinters and after every session, they got straight into a wheelie bin full of ice for about half an hour. Are you convinced that they are actually doing themselves a disservice in their recovery by having these ice baths?

reply much appreciated cheers


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