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Ice or Heat for Recovery?

There's been a recovery debate: Ice or Heat?

The answer: "It depends"

It depends on your injury status, your training goals and your time to competition.

Are you injured or uninjured? And when did you suffer the injury?

Are you training to build endurance or power? Or are you in a maintenance phase?

Have you just competed? Are you competing again soon?

Of course this visualisation is a wild simplification of the research & practical approaches taken by performance staff and medics.

But it is a good guide. And it is intended to sign-post ways you might use the correct heat therapy.

There is a truck load of nuance concerning you as an individual, your injury status and medical history before getting on to your athletic goals. If you want to go deeper into the best approach for you, explore more of our recovery content.

Ice v Heat Model: A simple visual representation of when to use ice and when heat for recovery after exercise
Infographic: When to use Ice v Heat for recovery. A simplified model for Heat Therapy

The good news is, of course, that our GelTech Sytem enables both hot and cold therapies. So you have the satisfaction of knowing you have a product that will perform regardless of your training goals and whether you're injured or not.

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