A lot of athletes still Ice bath regularly post exercise of even just ice sore and tired muscles. Unfortunately unless you are planning to compete 24 hours post exercise, or just enjoy the cold rush, this could be causing more muscle soreness (doms) long term. Check out the key points from this study. A like to the page is also provided. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1113/JP272881/full
- Cold water immersion and active recovery are common post-exercise recovery treatments. A key assumption about the benefits of cold water immersion is that it reduces inflammation in skeletal muscle. However, no data are available from humans to support this notion.
- We compared the effects of cold water immersion and active recovery on inflammatory and cellular stress responses in skeletal muscle from exercise-trained men 2, 24 and 48 h during recovery after acute resistance exercise.
- Exercise led to the infiltration of inflammatory cells, with increased mRNA expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines and neurotrophins, and the subcellular translocation of heat shock proteins in muscle. These responses did not differ significantly between cold water immersion and active recovery.
- Our results suggest that cold water immersion is no more effective than active recovery for minimizing the inflammatory and stress responses in muscle after resistance exercise.’