Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Denise Howard


This project investigates the effectiveness of Cold-Water Immersion (CWI) therapy for the physically active population for recovery based on reasserts, which expands the impact of the body's recovery phase. CWI research inspects the impact of an individual fatigue and muscle soreness following exercises. Literature reviews examine the effects of CWI, which influence the body's inflammatory response and blood flow, and the roles of sleep and nutrition in recovery. The research question guiding this project is: Does Cold Water Immersion Therapy (CWI) enhance the recovery process for the physically active population? Potential benefits of CWI identified from the literature review include a decrease in muscle inflammation, muscle soreness, and faster waste product removal. Studies investigate the effectiveness of recovery methods for muscle soreness. Individuals will undergo high-intensity running progress to induce soreness, followed by assigned recovery techniques 1) cold water immersion bath, 2) contrast therapy (cold and hot), and 3) a control group with no recovery method. Muscle soreness will be measured before and after recovery using a visual analog scale and pressure-measuring device (algometer). Muscle strength will also be assessed as a pre-test as a control. Researchers compared the changes in muscle soreness and strength between the three groups to determine which is more effective for recovery. This project aims to contribute knowledge for Athletic Trainers and Physical Therapists by providing an inside look into recovery strategies using CWI. By understanding the effects of CWI, healthcare professionals can offer a broader range of recovery methods options for their clients and help them optimize their performance.

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