Tsunami Martial Arts Club: Winter Camp of 2011 at Lake Wilcox and at Tsunami‘s property in Uxbridge, Ontario.

Taking an after exercise plunge in an ice water (like some of Tsunami Judo Club students do on the Lake Wilcox ) is a common practice among many elite athletes as a way to recover faster, and reduce muscle pain and soreness after intense training sessions or competitions.

The theory behind ice baths is related the fact that intense exercise actually causes microtrauma, or tiny tears in muscle fibers. This muscle damage not only stimulates muscle cell activity and helps repair the damage and strengthen the muscles, but it is also linked with delayed onset muscle pain and soreness, which occurs between 24 and 72 hours after exercise.