To Ice or Not to Ice...That is the Question

And the answer is NOT! Yes, I know, we’ve all been icing our acute strains and sprains since the invention of the freezer (which makes me wonder what we did before ice was available?) but who decided that it was a good idea? I watched so many CrossFit Games athletes plunging their jacked up forearms into coolers of icy water after the second last event and I couldn’t help but cringe – especially because they still had another event to do that would require significant forearm usage. The point of icing an injury is to decrease inflammation, but the inflammatory response of an acute injury is actually beneficial (the body knows what it needs better than the brain does!) Inflammation increases

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