Ice is not Your Friend

By Prateek Yadav
Pakmen Volleyball Club
u18 Women’s Head Coach

I read an interesting article the other day by Aaron Hutchins in Maclean’s Magazine, Why ice does not help an injury.

Although the author does not actually explain why does not help an injury, he makes the point that there is absolutely no evidence it helps an injury.  It may control swelling but some researchers feel it can delay recovery.

In 1978 Dr. Gabe Mirkin wrote the bestseller Sports Medicine Book where he introduced the term RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation).  It was easy to remember and it caught on quickly.  Everyone bought into it.  But Mirkin now admits “there is no data to show that ice does anything more than to block pain …”.  It seems gentle movement is a more effective way to retain full movement and recover faster.

To read the article in full, please go here: Why ice doesn’t help an injury and could even make it worse