Freezing for a reason: Why athletes take ice baths

CBS 2 News This Morning anchors Deni Hawkins and Bryan Levin try out an ice bath with Boise State student-athletes.

It may look excruciating to some, but Boise State student-athletes understand the importance of ice baths.

“I like to take an ice bath before a race,” said runner and NCAA Champion Allie Ostrander.

“Most of what we do for ice baths is delay the onset muscle soreness we have,” said Boise State associate athletic trainer Tyler Smith.

Smith says it takes 300-350 pounds of ice to keep the water around 50-55 degrees.

“I am not going to lie to you, the first 3-4 minutes do not feel great,” Smith said.

And he was right.

CBS 2 News This Morning anchors Deni Hawkins and Bryan Levin decided to test the waters with Ostrander and fellow runner Elijah Armstrong.

“It’s bad! It’s bad!” Deni shrieked as she got in.

Smith advised them to stay in the water for 12 minutes.

Ostrander and Armstrong fielded questions from them to pass the time.

“Words are harder to form right now,” Deni said after a few minutes.

“Is this the most awkward interview you’ve had?” Bryan asked Elijah. He said no.

“The idea is to renew your tissue and bring new blood flow into different areas,” Smith reminded them.

After 12 minutes, the two finally called it quits.

“Worst Bravin’ it ever,” Deni said.

Time to thaw out.

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