To Ice or not to Ice an Acute Injury....?

I don't know about you but I have always been told to apply ice to an acute injury. I think most of us are familiar with the RICE acronym of Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation... but is this really the best course of action? Is there actually any science behind the use of Ice and its claimed benefits....?

Despite ice still often being used in the management of acute injuries such as sprains and strains it seems the actual science does not support the practice.....! Click on the ice picture for a great introduction to this topic with references for those that want more information: