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Stop Icing Your Arm

February 19, 2020

Icing after you throw is what is making your arm hurt. Many trainers, coaches, and even doctors are still advocating the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate) protocol to baseball and softball athletes. This blog will look at how research is showing that icing will delay and inhibit recovery, why this method came into practice, and better alternatives to recover after throwing. 

Why have we always been told to ice?

 

Icing first gained traction in the sports world when LA Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax was pictured in a 1965 edition of Sports Illustrated holding his arm in a tub of ice. Before this even, in 1962, a boy by the name of Everett Knowles had his severed arm successfully reattached to his body. This was the first surgery of its kind and was highly publicized. When asked how it was done doctors responded that they kept the limb out of the sun and kept it cool –on ice- and over time the