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Post exercise ice water immersion: Is it a form of active recovery?

Author(s): Lateef Fatimah

Journal: Journal of Emergencies, Trauma and Shock
ISSN 0974-2700

Volume: 3;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 302;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Ice water immersion | contrast temperature water therapy | delayed onset muscle soreness | athlete

Ice water immersion and contrast temperature water immersion therapy post exercise is fast becoming a common practice among athletes involved in a variety of sports. Several mechanisms have been put forth to explain the rationale for its use. However, there is still a lack of evidence from a sufficiently large-scale trial to support the routine practice and formal incorporation into certain sporting guidelines. We describe here two athletes who applied the therapy post exercise and presented to the Emergency Department with delayed onset muscle pain.
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