Better recovery from injury without ice?

Posted: January 15, 2017 in #how to stay healthy, fitness, mental toughness, motivation, recovery, rest
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Great question, huh?

Ever since I began my martials arts  training, back in the late 1960’s, and all through my strength & conditioning training years, I have always iced strains, tears, sprains, etc.

Yes, it seemed to help; however, due to my more recent studies I believe it is better to not use ice.

http://www.garyreinl.com/iced.html

http://chadwaterbury.com/should-you-ice-it/

Little did I know I would get to test this out on myself this past week!

I was finishing my 10 minute strength/work capacity test for back squats and on rep  31

I had a shooting pain in my right quadricep and had to quickly dump the bar.  It felt like I had torn my quad. However, I could still stand up so I knew it had not detached or ripped in the middle somewhere.

I prayed fast (as I always do when things go wrong) and decided not to apply ice to the injury.

Also, I resisted the urge to sit down and stayed standing up and moving for the next couple of hours, while I finished my coaching for that day.

The pain got worse as the day progressed, but it was manageable.

I consumed extra protein throughout that day and evening.

By the next day, the pain was greatly diminished and range of  motion had improved.

Now it is the 3rd day since the injury and there is almost no pain and my range of motion is almost 100%.

I have never had this fast a recovery in all my years of training!

Thousands of years ago, the Psalmist said of the human body, “….I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

I have to agree, sometimes we just need to get out of the way and let the body do what it is designed so well to do.

 

 

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