The Inflatable Ice Bath is the only true portable Ice Bath used to aid recovery after training and competitions.
To plunge in a bath of cold water (a bath between 12 to 15 °C) after an intense effort, is a common practice among many professional athletes. It is used as a fast recovery method and a means to reduce joint and muscular pains, after intense training sessions and competitions.
The scientific theory
The ice bath is used:
Cold water immersion
Dynamic (to be used after training):
Sport (to be used after a game or intense training):
Extreme (to be used after a very intense effort, between two very close competitions, during heat waves or in the event of muscular or articular lesions):
Therapy of the Contrasted Baths (Hot-Cold Bath)
If you prefer alternating hot and cold baths, the most common method includes one minute in a cold bath (10-15 °C) and two minutes in a hot bath (approximately 37-40°C), repeated approximately 3 times.
A study of the July 2008 issue of the “journal international de la médecine de sports” (international sports medicine newspaper) found that the immersion in cold water and the contrasted bath therapy helps with the recovery from short intense efforts, or during competitions and training where the athletes repeat high intensity efforts over several days or several times per day.
In 2007, a study from the “European Journal of Applied Physiology” examined the effect of hydrotherapy on the appearance of muscular soreness (DOMS), after an intense leg vertical press sessions. They found a smaller reduction, and a faster restoration of force and power for the athletes who used the cold bath or contrasted water that those using passive recovery and the hot bath.
Vaile, J.; Halson, S.; Gill, NR.; Dawson, B., Effect of the hydrotherapy on the recovery of fatigue. Int' L J. Medicine Sports, July 2008.
VaileJM, Gill ND, Blazevich AJ. The water therapy contrast effect on the muscular pains delay of appearance symptoms. J forces Cond Rés. August 2007; 21 (3): 697-702