Training-Room Tips: Over-Icing Increases Inflammation

Training-Room Tips: Over-Icing Increases Inflammation

Meghan Juuti

Training-Room Tips: Over-Icing Increases Inflammation
Icing is an effective way to prevent swelling and reduce inflammation in soft tissue injuries.

But only if you don't ice for too long. Over-icing can elicit a survival response in the body's cells that produces EXTRA inflammation.

To make sure this doesn't happen, don't let your athletes ice longer for than 15-20 minutes at a time.


Reference: Runner's World Injury Prevention Tips. "Over Icing." Runner's World Website, 2004. http://www.runnersworld.com/cda/dailytips/injprev/1,739,s6-241-288-0-0-0-0,00.html

 

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