Why icing a sprain doesn’t help, and could slow recovery

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Interviewed by Andrew Han - journalist for the Washington Post

Period5 Mar 2019

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  • TitleWhy icing a sprain doesn’t help, and could slow recovery
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletwashington post
    Media typeWeb
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date5/03/19
    DescriptionIf you’ve ever needed to recover from an athletic injury, you’ve probably used ice to reduce soreness and swelling. For decades, doctors and athletic trainers have recommended RICE — rest, ice, compression and elevation — to reduce the pain and inflammation of sprained ankles. Inflammation has been viewed as the enemy of recovery.

    But what if that’s not quite right? What if inflammation is an indication of recovery, and icing and other cold-based “cryotherapy” only delays it?
    Producer/AuthorAndrew Han
    PersonsChris Bleakley