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The best ice packs you can buy: reusable cold packs for shin splints, aches, pains and more

12:50 PM WAT 29/03/2022
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Whether you struggle with shin splints or aches and pains, these ice packs can be a game changer.
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Scrapes, strains and injuries are annoyingly all part of the beautiful game, or any sport, meaning that a good quality ice pack is essential to keep you in match-fit condition.

Ice can decrease swelling and inflammation and rapidly speed up healing time when correctly applied. Ice packs aren't just for injuries, though. After an intense training session, they also come in handy for cool-downs and soothing aching muscles. 

However, not all ice packs are created equally, with different circumstances calling for different packs. So, whether you're looking for something to ease swelling or reduce pain, it's time to upgrade from slapping a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a tea towel onto your limbs.

Here are eight of the best ice packs to treat football or sport-related injuries.

Best overall ice pack: Flexikold gel ice pack

Regarded as the "gold standard" of ice packs, the Flexikold gel pack is the right size and versatile for most injuries, even in awkward spots.

It measures 36.8 cm x 26.5 cm and is double sealed for safety and security, so there's no chance of leaks. The makers say their professional-grade gel stays colder for longer. 

Get it from Amazon for £16.99


Best hot/cold ice pack: Roscoe reusable cold and hot pack

Suitable for hot and cold treatment, the Roscoe reusable cold and hot pack can be heated up in the microwave to alternate warmth and cool treatments. The comfortable material is easy to apply and is fully reusable.

Get it from Amazon for £17.16


Best ice pack belt. Transforming Life hot and cold belt

One of the bigger ice packs available, this one means business - and its belt design allows you to be flexible with where you use it and allow for hands-free usage that leaves you able to complete other tasks.

The straps make it easy to fasten on or around the impacted area, and it is just as suitable for back pain and aches. It can also be heated up to offer an alternative treatment to make sure you reap the full benefits.

Get it from Amazon for £13.49


Best ice pack for knees: Hilph knee ice pack wrap

If you've taken a knock to the knee, you'll know how painful it can be - but this offering from Hilph will ease the burden and provide a suitable answer to your prayers.

The knee brace style provides support and compression, while the gel will help to decrease swelling and inflammation. Just make sure you don't overexert the pressure - or you could risk injuring yourself further.

Get it from Amazon for £19.99


Best budget ice pack: Koolpak Deluxe reusable hot/cold gel packs

This pack of three reusable gel packs is a must to keep in your kit bag without breaking the bank. Injuries happen, and being the prepared one will always make you popular.

These may be a bargain, but you're getting good quality with the Koolpak brand. These are portable and durable - perfect for on-the-go action.

Get it from Amazon for £8.00


Best ice pack for full-body usage: MagicGel extra-large full-body ice pack

Never mind an ice pack; this is an ice blanket. Perfect for stressed and strained backs, this one isn't portable but will undoubtedly hit the spot.

Because of the size, it does thaw out quicker and will only stay cold for 28 minutes at a time. However, it covers from neck to tailbone and is ready to go straight from the freezer.

Get it from Amazon for £24.99


Best ice pack for shins: TheraPearl shin wrap ice pack

Any footballer will tell you that consistent shin struggles can be an absolute killer on those Saturday kickabouts - so it pays to make sure you've always got protection at hand.

This handy ice pack is perfect for reducing bruising or the misery of shin splints, but it can also be used for aching calf muscles.

Get it from Amazon for £15.43


Best foot and ankle ice pack: TheraPaq foot and ankle wrap

In need of something to take care of the complete lower appendage without the need for multiple packs? The TheraPaq foot and ankle wrap will do the trick nicely, allowing you to sort your foot and ankle all in one fell swoop.

A must-have for your locker, it can be microwaved for heat treatment and works on Achilles strains, plantar fasciitis, and bursitis pains. It comes with two gel packs of different sizes that flex to the shape of your foot, while an adjustable neoprene sleeve gives you the perfect fit.

Get it from Amazon for £14.99


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