Some U.S. WNT players love ice baths, some hate them. Almost all of them take the plunge when they do regeneration work. Put midfielder Carli Lloyd in the former category as she takes to ice baths like polar bears to arctic waters.
I’m going to be honest… I’ve done an ice bath, once. It was just to see what it would feel like, and I will never do that again. I’m not a pro athlete and never was one, and don’t need to make varsity again ever in my life, so I’ll just throw on some anti-inflammatory something if it ever gets that dramatic.
I salute her though – doing that every day is incredible. This was on her IG last week.
Great things never came through comfort zones! #letthegamesbegin #recovery #ice bath #worldcupqualifying
From Wiki : In sports therapy, an ice bath or sometimes a cold-water immersion or cold therapy is a training regimen usually following a period of intense exercise in which a substantial part of a human body is immersed in a bath of ice or ice-water for a limited duration. While it is becoming increasingly popular and accepted among athletes in a variety of sports, the method is controversial and potentially dangerous with little solid scientific evidence to support or refute its usefulness or to understand its method of operation within the body, although there is speculation about processes within the body regarding vasoconstriction.
Vasoconstriction is the narrowing of the blood vessels resulting from contraction of the muscular wall of the vessels, in particular the large arteries and small arterioles. The process is particularly important in staunching hemorrhage and acute blood loss. When blood vessels constrict, the flow of blood is restricted or decreased, thus retaining body heat or increasing vascular resistance. *
So, it would seem to make sense and be useful.