Should Runners Have a Post Run Ice Bath?

We all know the basic theory of how we get fitter as runners. We expose our bodies to a training stimulus or stress that the body is not accustomed to (i.e a hard training session) and then, in turn, the body adapts to meet the stimulus. In order for the adaptation to place, certain indicators or signals from the body are required to tell the brain that adaptation is required. One example of these indicators is inflammation of the muscle tissue. Now, when we look to recover after a hard-run, it is almost orthodoxy to do everything you can to help that recovery: ice baths, antioxidants, compression-wear etc. But in doing so are we dampening the signals for adaptation, and thus dampening the adaptation itself? In his article “Is it the end of the ice age?” Alex Hutchinson considers the evidence…

Read the full article here – Is it the end of the ice age? – by Alex Hutchinson