|dc.description.abstract||The intention of this investigation was to determine the effect of ice baths on recovery from
delayed onset muscle soreness. This study is one of few studies to incorporate
measurements of performance, physiological restoration and perceived muscle soreness,
while examining the effects of ice baths on the alleviation from DOMS. The study observes
the impact an ice bath has on these aspects of recovery, in search of evidence to support
the utilisation of this recovery strategy in university field hockey.
Quantitative methods were employed in search of results predetermined by the aims of the
study. 12 participants were involved in the testing process, which was carried out over two
weeks. The study utilised a crossover design where participants experience the ice bath
intervention in one of the weeks while receiving no intervention during the other week. The
non-intervention week was treated as a control, against which data collected during the ice
bath intervention week could be compared. The participants underwent performance (drop
jumps), physiological status (creatine kinase) and perceived muscle soreness testing prior
to undergoing a predetermined eccentric exercise plan to induce the effects of delayed
onset muscle soreness. Participants then either experienced the ice bath intervention
immediately post exercise under precise protocol or received no recovery intervention.
They were retested 24 and 48 hours post exercise.
Following data collection, statistical analysis commenced to recognize trends in the data.
Statistical significance (p<0.05) was evident throughout the results, however on a practical
basis, these results should not be considered entirely reliable. Further research is required
in the field to substantiate the evidence behind the use of ice baths as a recovery
intervention and prevent anecdotal recommendation. Future research should also focus on
establishing set protocol for optimised us of ice baths, as this is still highly contradictory