It doesn’t help muscles heal—and it might actually do damage.

You think you’re doing it right, just like all those pros. But it’s been 50-plus years since Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitching legend Sandy Koufax first appeared in a 1965 Sports Illustrated photograph with his left arm submerged in a vat of ice, an iconic moment in sports. And since then, no piece of published, peer-reviewed research has shown definitively that ice is beneficial to the healing process. In fact, recent studies have shown the opposite. Ice can delay healing, increase swelling, and possibly cause additional damage to injured tissues.

That should stop you cold.


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