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Any track and field athletes get hurt now and then. For post-workout muscle strains, keep a few bags of frozen peas or corn in the freezer. They easily shape to fit around a knee, elbow, or ankle, and can be secured in place with an ace bandage if needed. Keep ice packs in place for about 15 minutes, and then return them to the freezer until after your next workout.
Caveat: Make sure to mark the bags or remember which frozen veggies are your ice packs and don't eat them! Repeated thawing and refreezing render the veggies unfit for eating, but as ice packs they can last for months, or until the bag breaks.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|