Cold-Water Immersion Might Impair Muscle Protein Synthesis

The previous study showed that immersion in cold water might promote recovery from intense training, but a study led by Vandré Figueiredo from the University of Auckland in New Zealand suggests that regular use of the technique might interfere with muscle hypertrophy. Specialized cell structures called ribosomes construct proteins from amino acids. The ribosomes receive messages from genes in the nucleus to arrange the amino acids into a particular sequence to form specific proteins. The study showed that cold-water immersion blunted this process, which might interfere with long-term adaptations to muscle building. Water immersion promotes recovery from intense exercise, but chronically using the technique might interfere with long-term training gains. (Physiological Reports, 4(2): e12670, 2016)

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