I play for my college in rugby, i play either in the second row or back row, we come up against soe tough opposition, and some bruising encounters.
After the matches some of the guys brave an ice bath, I could never do it, all i want is a warm shower and to get home and relax. I usually tend to nurse my wounds through the week but feel the pain in training. It just seems to be building up and my body feels like a train wreck at the moment.
What is the significance of the ice bath, I would like to know the “Science” behind the idea. It would be nice to play a match at the weekend without limping around the next few days.
I take whey protein after gym sessions for muscle building and muscle recovery, but its the hits and knocks that are bothering me, I fear that I will do some serious damage if I keep going at this rate.
We train in the gym Wednesdays & Fridays (special programs) and on the field Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturday mornings, with matches on sunday.
Most of the gym work we do is body specific, if there is a lot of running done at a training session on the field we do an upper body session, or if it is mostly moves and skills we would do a full workout or a circuit session.
If we are getting over worked they do a pool session with us, or if not they have been known to do something like pilates (not since i started with them, its more like a myth)
Answer by Tino
The Ice reduces swelling and pressure. Which reduces pain and can help the healing process.
Having strong muscles is the BEST way to avoid injury. Streaching also help too.