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on Optimizing DOMS Recovery & Ice Water Baths

The Consistency Project
The Consistency Project
on Optimizing DOMS Recovery & Ice Water Baths
The soundbyte summary: The main point of recovery is to optimize performance, not to optimize recovery. That may sound like semantics, but it’s not. Minimizing short-term decreases in inflammation doesn’t translate to long-term performance improvement.
The Consistency Project
The Consistency Project
on Optimizing DOMS Recovery & Ice Water Baths

Topics include:

  • Understanding recovery vs. performance
  • What are we recovering from?
  • The problems with measuring recovery
  • Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) definition, measurements, and effect on performance
  • Effectiveness of massage, active recovery, compression, ice water baths, and cryotherapy for performance
  • Effectiveness of Ice Water Baths for performance (and measuring the placebo effect)


Referenced Articles

Broatch et al., 2014. Cold water immersion with placebo test
Bleakley, et al., 2012. Cochrane Review: Cold-water immersion for preventing and treating muscle soreness after exercise
Dupuy et al., 2018. Rating recovery techniques in terms of DOMS.
Hotfiel et al., 2018. Advances in Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS): Part 1: Pathogenesis and Diagnostics
Haq et al., 2022. Cryotherapy study that didn’t improve performance.
Malta et al., 2021. Meta-analysis of Cold Water Immersion Use
Ortiz et al., 2019. The effect of active recovery on performance
Negyesi et al., 2022. Compression gear doesn’t improve muscle strength.
Ranchordas et al., 2017. Cochrane Review: Antioxidants for preventing and reducing muscle soreness after exercise

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