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Old 08-31-2015, 03:32 PM   #1
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Ice bath/cold soak - to do, or not to do?

First, forgive me if this is posted in the wrong section - feel free to move it if needed

What are people's thoughts on a good old fashioned soak in a cold/ice tub? I hear people that swear by them, while others say they do more harm than good.

If you are an advocate of ice baths, can you offer any tips or suggestions for relative newbies?

If you do not support an ice bath, can you share your experience and reasoning?
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Old 09-01-2015, 01:13 PM   #2
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Re: Ice bath/cold soak - to do, or not to do?

Kelly on icing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UmJVgEWZu4
http://www.mobilitywod.com/2013/07/c...-a-year-later/

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Old 09-01-2015, 04:14 PM   #3
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Re: Ice bath/cold soak - to do, or not to do?

I don't know or tend to care about the science behind any of it - nothing about what I'm doing necessitates the need. I don't get paid to do any of this.
But here's my 2 cents nonetheless.
Sounds like a terrible idea. I've crossed rivers of freshly melting glaciers (bouncing off bottom to get across), jumped in pools, been outside all night in the rain on the ground, feel over on ice, played sports in bare feet on frosty ground .... all of these things suck the kumara.
I can't imagine an ice-bath being all that much more enjoyable. So for those reasons, I'm against it.
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Old 09-06-2015, 11:04 AM   #4
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Re: Ice bath/cold soak - to do, or not to do?

Not much interest in this topic I suppose...

I tend to agree with the other posters in the thread, in that I am not really a fan of cold therapy. I don't mind hopping into a 78F swimming pool, but the few times I've ended up in 55F water have been miserable. Maybe ice baths are best reserved for mental toughness training, regardless of any potential physical benefits or detriments.
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Old 09-07-2015, 01:12 PM   #5
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Re: Ice bath/cold soak - to do, or not to do?

Science doesn't support the use of cryotherapy (ice baths) for an increase in the speed of recovery.

I've never done one, and I never plan on ever doing one either. I wouldn't recommend doing it, unless you just really love taking ice baths for fun.
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Old 10-17-2015, 07:05 AM   #6
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Re: Ice bath/cold soak - to do, or not to do?

When I played college football, it was common to have large ice bathes at the ready after fall camp practices for the players.

I used them daily. It was painful getting in them, but I always felt great coming out. I am not saying that it did or didn't do anything for my recovery...but I felt as though it did help.

What felt like it had a larger impact on recover was alternating back and fourth between ice bathes and heat bathes. 5-10 minutes in each for 2-4x each. Whether or not it actually helped be on a biological level can be debated...but it certainly helped on a psychological level.
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Old 10-19-2015, 08:28 PM   #7
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Re: Ice bath/cold soak - to do, or not to do?

I would distinguish ice baths to recover from a hard workout from ice for an injury. In the case of the latter, I think the prevailing wisdom is shifting and ice is not favored for injuries... ...except maybe for pain control.

In terms of the former, a cold soak or ice bath to speed up recovery from a hard effort, well I have done that many times following long runs (Saturday morning 12-14 milers) and long bike rides (metric centuries on a road bike in less than 3 hours as a regular Saturday training ride or a 2+ hour hard mountain bike ride). My belief is the cold bath (not ice but cold as in maybe 50 degree mountain river water at the coldest up to about 68-70 degree water in my pool) helps speed recovery. That is my perception. Maybe it is placebo. Who knows. But it helped enough in my assessment where I kept on dong it.

Now that I am a full fledge CrossFit devotee there aren't regular long runs or rides like that in my training anymore, so I have stayed away from the pool and haven't felt the need.
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Old 10-22-2015, 07:43 AM   #8
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Re: Ice bath/cold soak - to do, or not to do?

Agreed Steve Wingo. My sports Dr, has me ice, I was in the same camp as K Star. But I did it to see. It helps maintain inflammation.

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Old 10-24-2015, 11:01 AM   #9
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Re: Ice bath/cold soak - to do, or not to do?

Joe Rogan just had Wim Hof, aka the Iceman, on. They had a pretty interesting discussion of ice baths, cryotherapy, breathing, body temperature, etc.

https://youtu.be/Np0jGp6442A
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