Sport and recovery: End of the Ice Bath Age?

Story highlightsLeading report questions how efficient the use of ice baths is for leading athletesBritish scientist Jo Corbett warns that the practice could be a "threat to people's health" Sydney FC physiotherapist believes placebo effect can make cold water immersion worthwhile for his playersHigh-intensity training can often be a cruel master -- capable of provoking a mixture of sweat and tears, as well as occasional mishap and mental frailty -- but how much worse must it be when knowing that the worst part comes at the end?

That's when an exhausted athlete, after hours of physical exertion, has to clamber into a vat of iced water -- perhaps giving new meaning to the phrase 'on t