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HEAT:Decreases joint stiffness
Helps to elongate muscles/tissues when applied before stretching
Reduces risk of injury (this is why you wear layers running in the winter)
Promotes healing by increasing blood flow to the area and warms tissue before activity
Take away - It is beneficial to use heat to warm up the tissue before activity!

ICE: Prevents/reduces swelling - especially important within the first 2 hours following an injury
Crushed ice packs are more effective than chemical or gel packs
Ice with rest, elevation and compression are the best way to combat swelling and increase healing
Take away - Icing after injury helps to reduce swelling and inflammation. Compression and elevation also help to decrease swelling and improve healing timeline.
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