The effects of cryotherapy applied through various barriers

Kavin K.W. Tsang, Barton P. Buxton, Willie Kent Guion, A. Barry Joyner, Kathy D. Browder

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the differences in skin temperature during ice application through a dry towel and a dry elastic bandage compared to application on bare skin. Nine subjects completed a 30-min treatment session that consisted of 0.68 kg of cubed ice applied under three conditions: through a dry towel, through a dry elastic bandage, and directly on the skin (control). Following the removal of the ice, all subjects were monitored for 20-min for skin temperature (S temp). There was a significant interaction in S temp between the control (12.50 ± 4.39°C) and dry towel (23.48 ± 2.88°C) conditions, the control (12.50 ± 4.39°C) and dry elastic wrap (27.47 ± 2.36°C) conditions, and the dry towel (23.48 ± 2.88°C) and dry elastic wrap (27.47 ± 2.36°C) conditions. The findings indicated that using a barrier (dry towel or dry elastic bandage) limits the temperature-reducing capacity of the ice and therefore its potential physiological effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-354
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Sport Rehabilitation
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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    Tsang, K. K. W., Buxton, B. P., Guion, W. K., Joyner, A. B., & Browder, K. D. (1997). The effects of cryotherapy applied through various barriers. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 6(4), 343-354. https://doi.org/10.1123/jsr.6.4.343