So how do ice baths help to boost the body’s recovery processes and prevent injury?
When you get into an ice bath for five to 10 minutes, the icy cold water causes your blood vessels to tighten and drains the blood out of your legs. After 10 minutes your legs feel cold and numb.
So when Wilko gets out of the bath, his legs fill up with ‘new’ blood that invigorates his muscles with oxygen to help the cells function better.
At the same time, the more blood coming into Jonny’s legs will have to leave as well, draining away and at the same time taking with it the lactic acid that has built up from his match.