Running a Marathon? Think Hot Tub, Not Ice Bath, Afterward

Running a Marathon? Think Hot Tub, Not Ice Bath, Afterward
Other research has shown that icing, which remains the most popular way to treat overworked muscles, does
not reduce inflammation in the tired tissues, although it remains a popular choice for many athletes.
Athletes and others involved in sports training have long debated how best to help tired muscles recover after draining workouts and competitions.
So they asked their volunteers to consume large amounts of carbohydrates in the two hours
after their session of hard pedaling but not to otherwise coddle their muscles.
Then on subsequent visits to the lab, they had the young people repeat the pedaling workout twice more,
and immediately afterward, slip long cuffs over their arms that could be heated or chilled with water coils.
The cuffs were warmed during one session to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit and chilled during another to about 5 degrees.

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