I treated quite a few athletes who were participating in the Chicago Marathon last year and who were experiencing various muscle aches as a result of the extensive training. Many asked my opinion on ways to avoid DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). I started recommending ice baths, but it quickly occurred to me that I have never actually tried an ice bath myself. Because I believe so strongly that I must be able to speak to my patients from experience when making recommendations, I decided to test the suggested ice bath after my next flag football game. That next Sunday after my game I ran by 7-Eleven and picked up 3 twenty pound bags of ice. I filled our tub at home with enough water to cover my torso and allowed my wife the honors of dumping the 60 pounds of ice over my submerged body. I’m certain she enjoyed this way more than I did, but the point was that I could now speak from experience about the ice bath when recommending it. You can assume that any information you find here on my Health Blog has already been doctor tested and approved.
-Dr. Jeremy DiMartino