Dos and Don’ts for Icing Injuries

It's the medical recommendation runners get most often. Injured knee? Ice it. Sore shin? Ice it. And it really is good advice—but if you do it wrong, you could damage surrounding muscle tissues, says Joseph Dykstra, M.A., assistant athletic trainer at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Icing decreases pain and inflammation and enhances healing. This guide will make icing crystal clear, so you can heal faster and get back out on the pavement.

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Nikki Chavanelle is one of ACTIVE's Fitness and Nutrition editors. As a former intramural rock star at SMU and current sports junkie, Nikki claims she peaked in college. Follow Nikki on Twitter for fitness and sports chatter.
Nikki Chavanelle is one of ACTIVE's Fitness and Nutrition editors. As a former intramural rock star at SMU and current sports junkie, Nikki claims she peaked in college. Follow Nikki on Twitter for fitness and sports chatter.

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