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BioMed Research International
Volume 2015, Article ID 706141, 8 pages
Research Article

Postexercise Impact of Ice-Cold Water Bath on the Oxidant-Antioxidant Balance in Healthy Men

1The Chair of Medical Biology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Ludwik Rydygier Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, 24 Karlowicza Street, 85-092 Bydgoszcz, Poland
2Central Research Laboratory, Józef Rusiecki Olsztyn University College, 33 Bydgoska Street, 10-243 Olsztyn, Poland

Received 14 July 2014; Revised 30 September 2014; Accepted 25 October 2014

Academic Editor: David Bellar

Copyright © 2015 Paweł Sutkowy et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The aim of the study was to determine the effect of a 5 min head-out ice-cold water bath on the oxidant-antioxidant balance in response to exercise. The crossover study included the subjects (; aged years) who performed two identical stationary cycling bouts for 30 min and recovered for 10 min at room temperature (°C; session 1) or in a pool with ice-cold water (°C, 5 min immersion; session 2). The concentration of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) in blood plasma (TBARSpl) and erythrocytes (TBARSer) and the erythrocytic activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), and glutathione peroxidase (GPx) were measured three times during each of the two study sessions: before the exercise (baseline) and 20 and 40 min after the appropriate recovery session. Lower concentration of TBARSpl 40 min after postexercise recovery in ICW was revealed as compared with that after recovery at RT (). Moreover, a statistically significant postexercise increase in the TBARSpl and TBARSer concentrations was found ( and , resp.). A short-term ice-cold water bath decreases postexercise lipid peroxidation.