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.

4422 Comments

Reply fehifofhie
12:49 PM on September 21, 2022 
robes dentelles chic
fehifofhie https://www.fehifofhie.com/
Reply merrakech
12:49 PM on September 21, 2022 
leinenkleider lang handyhülle mit ring iphone 6 panzerhülle jordan maxin 200 homme sandalias mujer baño maglia nera e oro
merrakech https://www.merrakech.com/
Reply vendevinos
12:49 PM on September 21, 2022 
mouchoir veste costume asics gel resolution clay 8 pantaloni corti zalando psg new away kit nokia 2.2 case ebay orthopädische silikon schuheinlagen
vendevinos https://www.vendevinos.com/
Reply aboutbabyshowers
12:48 PM on September 21, 2022 
zapatos montella maglie nere zara staud halter dress sac bryan mac douglas vans off white stockx felpa levis uomo amazon
aboutbabyshowers https://www.aboutbabyshowers.com/
Reply andthegiraffe
9:55 AM on September 21, 2022 
boden maxikleid borse off white saldi american hat makers crusher converse slipper damen gorras de madera combishort avec jupe
andthegiraffe https://www.andthegiraffe.com/
Reply upskirtpussypics
9:55 AM on September 21, 2022 
zwillingsherz kleid tara nokia x20 hülle bonaventura handyhülle versace talon botas moto negras felpe termiche decathlon
upskirtpussypics https://www.upskirtpussypics.com/
Reply missheadtotoe
9:55 AM on September 21, 2022 
pixel 5 case verizon sicherheitsschuhe s2 herren sportlich fresh foam crag v2 womens adidas predator blau panama jack impermeable impressionen kleid
missheadtotoe https://www.missheadtotoe.com/
Reply hbpmbz
9:55 AM on September 21, 2022 
puma muse x2 metallic nike air force 1 shadow braun new york zapatillas amazon mädchenkleider 140 amazon portamonete uomo port authority baseball caps
hbpmbz https://www.hbpmbz.com/
Reply mazzacinema
9:42 AM on September 21, 2022 
maison maroquinerie pantofole jordan 1 peluche giacca adidas foot locker long sleeve chelsea jersey otterbox popsocket 12 pro max fußballschuhe schwarz
mazzacinema https://www.mazzacinema.com/
Reply upskirtpussypics
9:42 AM on September 21, 2022 
acg gore tex shoes lacoste twin serve huaraches de metedera ganni wickelkleid borse y not scontate blackbeard hat
upskirtpussypics https://www.upskirtpussypics.com/
Reply cranfordhairco
9:42 AM on September 21, 2022 
ideal sweden hülle handyhülle a21s courir air jordan one zapatillas joma mujer para andar givenchy t shirt nera sweater dress with sneakers
cranfordhairco https://www.cranfordhairco.com/
Reply lajjafoundation
9:42 AM on September 21, 2022 
diseña tu gorra les jolie robe schicke elegante kleider samsung galaxy a8 2018 hülle handyhüllen für samsung a71 paire de nike la plus chere
lajjafoundation https://www.lajjafoundation.com/
Reply sharlyyou
9:42 AM on September 21, 2022 
scarpe ysl donna abiti da sposa armani as roma 2021 kit galaxy tab s5e keyboard case boots mit perlen damen nike air hippie
sharlyyou https://www.sharlyyou.com/
Reply securetrck
5:00 AM on September 21, 2022 
tunique femme habillée pour mariage kleider auf rechnung kaufen hülle mit kette iphone 11 gravis ipad hülle asics noir rose ecco botas hombre
securetrck https://www.securetrck.com/
Reply genericcialisfe
5:00 AM on September 21, 2022 
portefeuille lancel rouge new balance 574 grigio blu chiodo rosso uomo pk subban jersey realme 5i clear case h m espadrilles herren
genericcialisfe https://www.genericcialisfe.com/
Reply pofprimer
5:00 AM on September 21, 2022 
on schuhe herren neue kollektion air force 1 stockx new balance damen ws327 jimmy choo sandalias damenkleider lang sommer zainetto da passeggio
pofprimer https://www.pofprimer.com/
Reply greaterkakinada
5:00 AM on September 21, 2022 
mls shirts 2021 j7 max flip cover officine creative stiefeletten nordstrom air force ones cr7 stollenschuhe traje de tenista
greaterkakinada https://www.greaterkakinada.com/
Reply skytopsneakers
4:59 AM on September 21, 2022 
emporio armani pantoletten herren botin vicenza piel negro nike sweatshirt kleid borsa hobo large borbonese chief knockahoma hat new balance damen 39
skytopsneakers https://www.skytopsneakers.com/
Reply tuclicknoticia
2:38 AM on September 21, 2022 
gorras de los phillies bon prix nouveautés robes hochwertige boho kleider handyband samsung wasserdichtes handy case air max 90 femmes
tuclicknoticia https://www.tuclicknoticia.com/
Reply christmaskookies
2:38 AM on September 21, 2022 
gorras de los phillies bon prix nouveautés robes hochwertige boho kleider handyband samsung wasserdichtes handy case air max 90 femmes
christmaskookies https://www.christmaskookies.com/