Is Using RICE for Recovery Wrong?

We've all heard that ice baths after a hard training session are a necessary to prevent injuries and recover properly. But just when you think something is tried and true, research goes on flips that idea on its head.

Sports performance consultant and author Gary Reinl went on a search to find the best methods of using ice for recovery and rehabilitation. He searched for clinical research and protocols on the subject of cryotherapy for athletic rehabilitation to compare scientifically proven results. His goal was to find which method or methods produced the best outcomes, Reinl explained at the annual National Strength and Conditioning Association Conference this past year.

He found none.

Not a single peer-reviewed, published paper that concluded ice improves the recovery process. What he did find were several studies that concluded that ice does exactly the opposite: it actually delays the recovery process.

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