Shopping Cart
Your Cart is Empty
Quantity:
Subtotal
Taxes
Shipping
Total
There was an error with PayPalClick here to try again
CelebrateThank you for your business!You should be receiving an order confirmation from Paypal shortly.Exit Shopping Cart

Blog

Blog

Fit Body Sport Medicine~~ To Ice Or Not To Ice

Posted on February 19, 2018 at 4:00 PM

I have been seeing much chatter about the topic of icing injury lately. Being an athletic trainer for several years, I am probably pro icing as well as the whole R.I.C.E. principle. I have blogged about R.I.C.E. in the past for acute care. But of all the things I have seen, I will always remember being a student athletic trainer at the high school level. One of the boys basketball athletes had a moderate ankle sprain. Our protocol was R.I.C.E., but as I have his swollen ankle elevated and activated the Cryocuff, the coach comes in and tells this athlete to “put a warm sock on it and walk it off!” All I could think at the time was “Man is he off his rocker! Good thing the trained ATs are here!”



So am I (or you) practicing evidence based medicine? Was the coach off his rocker or smarter than the medical professionals I learned from? Here’s the scoop!


I first learned of the inflammation process (and the histology of it) in college. Every place I have ever studied, has emphasized to enhance the body’s own healing process, create a positive environment for your body to heal itself. Inflammation is the first response your body produces when something is wrong and healing needs to begin. It is generally marked by redness, swelling and pain. It has two main purposes 1) to tell you to stop (so you do not cause any further damage and inflammation) and 2) to send healing chemicals your body needs to begin repair. No one wants to stop this process, nor can we.


Cryotherapy is a modality of cooling the body using various forms of water ( and ice).    It causes vasoconstriction as well as acts as an analgesic.  Just like any other modality, it is best to understand how it works as well as indications vs contraindications.  Using different forms requires different variables.  Different forms can consist of an icebath, real ice vs chemical ice or a machine like the Game Ready or Cryocuff.  Timing of each will depend on the body part being treated, the stage of the injury and the form of cryotherapy being used.


I have not personally seen any athlete directly harmed from this modality, but you do need to be cautious as I have heard of athletes that have had cold placed over superficial nerves. That is not really a good idea. I have also heard of cases where tissue damage was avoided due to the use of cold modalities.

Ice is not a cure and does not prevent injury. It reduces symptoms so that we can break the pain/swelling cycle and move forward in the therapy and healing process. I don’t doubt that ice can be overused in a busy athletic training room, but we all know that the inflammation will not resolve until the source of the inflammation is removed regardless if it is trauma, allergy or poor mechanics.


Use ice as needed to relieve the symptoms of inflammation. I was not able to find any modality that stops the inflammation process and I do feel that managing a situation to relieve pain or excessive swelling is treating an injury responsibly. While the body is amazing, we do need to be responsible and not let inflammation get into small extremities/digits due to gravity, enhancing further soft tissue damage. When treating an injury or working on increasing your performance do not be afraid to find the science of that particular modality. See what the research says. Most modalities need to be used responsibly and as a tool to assist recovery. These modalities on their own or not within the specified parameters for the timing and injury type will not be as productive. Balance is always necessary.

 

Categories: athletic training, performance, health

Post a Comment

Oops!

Oops, you forgot something.

Oops!

The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.

5049 Comments

Reply bape outlet
7:54 PM on November 6, 2022 
I wish to show appreciation to the writer for bailing me out of this particular incident. Just after searching through the the web and seeing thoughts that were not helpful, I believed my entire life was done. Living without the strategies to the problems you've resolved by means of your good guide is a critical case, as well as those which could have badly damaged my career if I hadn't discovered your web site. Your primary understanding and kindness in maneuvering all the details was invaluable. I don't know what I would've done if I had not come across such a thing like this. I am able to at this point look forward to my future. Thanks for your time very much for this impressive and result oriented guide. I won't hesitate to recommend the sites to any individual who needs and wants direction on this problem.
bape outlet http://www.bape.us.org
Reply supreme t shirt
7:54 PM on November 6, 2022 
My spouse and i got very ecstatic when Peter could round up his inquiry out of the precious recommendations he obtained out of the site. It's not at all simplistic just to be releasing helpful tips that others might have been trying to sell. We understand we now have the blog owner to be grateful to because of that. All the illustrations you've made, the straightforward website menu, the friendships your site aid to foster - it is mostly superb, and it's facilitating our son and us reckon that that idea is amusing, and that is really important. Thank you for the whole lot!
supreme t shirt http://www.supremeshirt.us.com
Reply air jordan
7:54 PM on November 6, 2022 
Thank you for every one of your efforts on this web page. My mom loves doing research and it's easy to understand why. Almost all hear all concerning the compelling tactic you make helpful tips and hints via your web blog and as well encourage participation from the others on the matter while our favorite princess is without question understanding a lot. Take pleasure in the rest of the year. Your doing a really great job.
air jordan http://www.cheapjordan.us
Reply supreme outlet
7:54 PM on November 6, 2022 
I really wanted to post a comment to be able to thank you for the awesome tips and hints you are writing at this site. My rather long internet lookup has at the end of the day been rewarded with professional concept to exchange with my great friends. I would declare that we website visitors are definitely endowed to exist in a perfect website with so many marvellous individuals with interesting pointers. I feel very much fortunate to have seen your website and look forward to some more awesome times reading here. Thanks once more for all the details.
supreme outlet http://www.supremesoutlet.us.com
Reply kd 15
7:53 PM on November 6, 2022 
I not to mention my pals came checking the excellent recommendations found on your website then suddenly I got a terrible suspicion I never thanked the web site owner for those tips. Most of the men were definitely for that reason passionate to read all of them and now have really been loving those things. Thanks for getting really considerate and for making a choice on this kind of quality resources millions of individuals are really eager to be aware of. Our own sincere regret for not saying thanks to you earlier.
kd 15 http://www.kd15.us
Reply saglikara
8:08 AM on November 6, 2022 
womens polo shirts kohls tarheel blue jordan 1 tnf hmlyn 2020 best running shoes karavan clothing sale square ray ban sunglasses
saglikara http://www.saglikara.net/
Reply yeezy
7:03 AM on November 6, 2022 
A lot of thanks for your whole labor on this blog. Kim loves making time for research and it's really easy to see why. Many of us learn all concerning the compelling method you present effective items via the blog and as well as improve response from other people on that theme plus our own girl is really starting to learn a great deal. Have fun with the rest of the new year. You are always performing a remarkable job.
yeezy http://www.yeezysneakers.us.org
Reply off white hoodie
7:03 AM on November 6, 2022 
I simply wished to appreciate you again. I'm not certain what I could possibly have undertaken without the suggestions documented by you relating to that industry. It actually was a very troublesome dilemma for me, but seeing the very professional strategy you managed the issue made me to leap over gladness. Extremely thankful for the service and then pray you know what a great job you are always accomplishing instructing people today using your website. More than likely you have never come across any of us.
off white hoodie http://www.offwhiteoutlet.us.org
Reply cheap jordan
7:03 AM on November 6, 2022 
I simply needed to thank you very much once again. I do not know the things I could possibly have undertaken in the absence of those points provided by you regarding such a theme. It seemed to be the depressing setting for me personally, nevertheless witnessing this specialized way you processed that forced me to jump over contentment. Now i am thankful for the service and as well , have high hopes you find out what a powerful job that you're undertaking instructing others using your website. Most probably you've never encountered all of us.
cheap jordan http://www.cheapjordanshoes.us.com
Reply ggdb outlet
7:03 AM on November 6, 2022 
I just wanted to send a brief word so as to say thanks to you for these awesome tips and hints you are showing at this website. My time-consuming internet investigation has at the end of the day been rewarded with good quality ideas to share with my guests. I would say that many of us website visitors actually are extremely fortunate to dwell in a really good place with very many special professionals with interesting principles. I feel somewhat lucky to have used the weblog and look forward to plenty of more thrilling moments reading here. Thank you once again for everything.
ggdb outlet http://www.ggdb.us.com
Reply bape sneakers
7:03 AM on November 6, 2022 
I would like to show my thanks to this writer just for rescuing me from this type of incident. As a result of surfing around throughout the the web and getting principles which were not powerful, I thought my entire life was well over. Existing without the answers to the issues you've resolved all through your good short article is a crucial case, as well as the ones which could have negatively damaged my career if I had not noticed your web page. Your own personal competence and kindness in maneuvering all the pieces was very useful. I'm not sure what I would have done if I had not encountered such a stuff like this. I am able to at this point look forward to my future. Thanks for your time so much for the skilled and amazing help. I will not be reluctant to endorse your site to anyone who wants and needs support about this topic.
bape sneakers http://www.bapesta.us.com
Reply Bradyvom
4:19 AM on November 6, 2022 
clear bitcoin - mix coin, smartmix
Reply vizzdoom
3:53 AM on November 6, 2022 
mitchell and ness joe montana jersey ray ban rx8903 eyeglasses women vapormax se discount north face jackets castaner dosalia long sleeve t dress
vizzdoom http://www.vizzdoom.net/
Reply Bradyvom
3:19 AM on November 6, 2022 
how to get bitcoins anonymously - bitcoin mixers, altcoin trading
Reply Bradyvom
1:24 AM on November 6, 2022 
cryptocurrency converter - invest to bitcoin, cryptocurrency trading
Reply RichardZep
1:23 AM on November 6, 2022 
crypto trading - swap cryptocurrency exchange, monero to bitcoin
Reply Charlesnuh
12:33 AM on November 6, 2022 
smart mixer - invest cryptocurrency, smartmixer
Reply Charlesnuh
10:29 PM on November 5, 2022 
altcoin trading - bitcoin-laundry, bitkointalk
Reply bushkim
9:12 PM on November 5, 2022 
new designer dress 2020 tunic t shirts for leggings orange brixton beanie 720 nike gold gold headband races jordan 1 obsidian 7y
bushkim http://www.bushkim.net/
Reply curry shoes
7:55 PM on November 5, 2022 
I simply had to appreciate you again. I do not know the things I would have gone through in the absence of the actual smart ideas provided by you directly on such a question. It was before the distressing issue in my view, however , seeing the very expert fashion you processed it took me to weep with joy. I am grateful for your assistance and in addition hope that you recognize what a powerful job your are providing training people using your webpage. I know that you've never got to know any of us.
curry shoes http://www.curry9.us