Exploring the Benefits and Risks of Cold Plunges for Athletes
Athletes have used cold plunges, also known as cold water immersion or ice baths, for many years to help in recuperation after exercise. The idea behind cold plunges is that by reducing inflammation and discomfort in the muscles, the cold water will help athletes recover more quickly and perform better in subsequent exercises or contests.
According to some research, icy plunges may help athletes by minimizing muscle damage and discomfort, speeding up recovery, and possibly boosting performance. Research into how cold plunges affect sports performance and recovery is still in progress, thus the evidence is not yet definitive.
The risks associated with cold plunges, such as hypothermia and shock, must be kept in mind.
Donna M., Exercise Physiologist