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True or false: Ice is Good for Minor Injuries
Beth Skwarecki

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It's a no-brainer for anything you've hurt: Whatever it is, wherever it is, put an ice pack on it. From bruises on up to sprains and muscle pulls and worse, by-the-book treatment, whether by a professional or by the athlete herself, is to check off four basics: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. (Or, you know, at least strap on a bag of frozen peas before resuming your workout.)
But now some critics are saying ice isn't the best thing for minor injuries, that it's not just overused but po...



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Tony Lamanna August 1 2014 11:45 pm
Beth
I teach college A&P and i have to say this is an extremely well written and balanced article. Let me add that ice does not stop inflammation(which many anti-ice proponents claim), it reduces it, thereby controlling what in many cases is excessive inflammation. Some also claim that ice can increase inflammation. This is only true in the event that you ice for too long a time - after ~20 minutes the hunting reflex occurs causing a reflex vasodilation, which can further increase inflammation and swelling. The simple solution - never ice longer than 20 minutes or 15 to be on the safe side. Again great job with this hotly debated topic.
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