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Breaking News: Compression is better than ice baths

So you just pulverized yourself with a hard effort in an IRONMAN, and you don’t need to look up the original research performed by Ball State University’s David Costill to know that the muscle cells in your calves, quads, hamstrings and glutes have exploded. It was in Costill’s book, Inside Running: Basics of Sports Physiology he showed the monstrous effects a marathon can have on muscle cells. Muscle biopsies of a runner’s muscle before and after pounding the pavement for 26.2 miles suggested an image of a mitochondria-sized grenade having gone off.

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