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The use of thermal imaging in assessing skin temperature following cryotherapy : a review

By Joseph Costello, Ciarán D. McInerney, Chris M. Bleakley, James Selfe and Alan E. Donnelly


Nineteen studies met the inclusion criteria. A skin temperature reduction of 5–15 °C, in accordance with the recent PRICE (Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) guidelines, were achieved using cold air, ice massage, crushed ice, cryotherapy cuffs, ice pack, and cold water immersion. There is evidence supporting the use and effectiveness of thermal imaging in order to access skin temperature following the application of cryotherapy. Thermal imaging is a safe and non-invasive method of collecting skin temperature. Although further research is required, in terms of structuring specific guidelines and protocols, thermal imaging appears to be an accurate and reliable method of collecting skin temperature data following cryotherapy. Currently there is ambiguity regarding the optimal skin temperature reductions in a medical or sporting setting. However, this review highlights the ability of several different modalities of cryotherapy to reduce skin temperature

Topics: 110604 Sports Medicine, 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified, Tissue temperature; Cooling; Infrared technology
Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2012
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2011.11.008
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