Ice Will (Probably) Help
There is very limited evidence proving that ice baths during training boost recovery. But Cane says it’s still an effective tool after a marathon. The idea is to use the chilly temperature to reduce the natural muscle inflammation that comes with the hard effort.
“Ice is your friend in the short term,” Cane says. “It helps heal the micro-traumas in your muscle and gets rid of the blood pooling.”
Which is why, even though it is not the most comfortable thing in the world, Cane tells his athletes to take an ice bath for 15 to 20 minutes the evening after the race.
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