The use of ice immediately after activity, especially to reduce inflammation such as in a basketball player’s knees after a game or in a pitcher’s arm after a start, does have some negative effects. The cold may slow the body’s natural response to healing, slowing down the recovery.
How long should athletes ice their knees?
Do: Leave It on for Long Enough
“If you ice less than 10 minutes, you’ll cool your skin, but there will be minimal effect on underlying muscle tissue,” Dykstra says. “Fifteen to 20 minutes is ideal.”
Should you ice your knees everyday?
Do play with temperature.
For the first 48 to 72 hours after a knee injury, use a cold pack to ease swelling and numb the pain. A plastic bag of ice or frozen peas works well. Use it for 15 to 20 minutes three or four times a day.
Does basketball ruin your knees?
Any sport that involves a lot of jumping poses a risk of knee strains and injuries, including basketball and netball. As with most of the sports we’ve covered, much of the risk comes from not warming up properly, and insufficiently training the leg muscles to cope with the demands of the sport.
Should I stretch after icing?
Ice Your Pain
If the pain is chronic, here’s the best postrun sequence: Foam roll, static stretch, ice. But for acute pain, skip rolling and stretching, and ice immediately. “The quicker you ice, the faster you slow down inflammation, the faster you begin to heal,” Buraglio says.
Can you overdo ice baths?
Cold can reduce inflammation.
But if you overdo it, excess inflammation can lead to an overuse injury. Cryotherapy can help stop that process in its tracks.
What happens if you ice for more than 20 minutes?
Greater than 20 minutes of icing can cause reactive vasodilation, or widening, of the vessels as the body tries to make sure the tissues get the blood supply they need. Studies have also shown 30 to 40 minutes in between icing sessions are needed to counter this reaction.
Is it bad to fall asleep while icing?
It is not recommended to sleep with the ice, as the symptoms of an ice burn may go unnoticed. However, if you prefer to sleep with the ice, or have persistent swelling that causes your therapist to recommend sleeping with ice, you MUST place a towel between your skin and the icepack.