As you can imagine, a Mixed-Martial Art (MMA) fighter’s body is going to feel pretty bad after a big fight or even after a day of hard training. So, having a beneficial recovery regime is essential for them, which is why many have taken up things like ice baths to help relieve many of their injuries.
MMA fighters take ice baths because it restricts blood flow to muscles, helping with the recovery. Also known as cold-water immersion (CWI), ice baths have long been used as a form of recovery, and science has found they decrease swelling, muscle damage, and muscle soreness for those that take them.
Let’s dive into the science of ice baths to find out if they are the right option for you!