Clinical Applications of Therapeutic Modalities Among Collegiate Athletic Trainers, Part I: Cryotherapy

in International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training

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Jeremy R. HawkinsColorado Mesa

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Shawn W. HawkinsUintah Basin Medical Center

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Cryotherapy is commonly used by athletic trainers, although evidence is inconsistent to support its usage. Data are also lacking as to how athletic trainers treat common injuries with cryotherapy. The purpose of this study was to ascertain how collegiate athletic trainers approach the use of cryotherapy and whether that usage reflects what little we know about the modalities. Survey results indicated great variability in respondents’ approaches to the treatment of an acute and subacute ankle sprain. Additional data are needed to create clear treatment guidelines with respect to cryotherapy. Certain aspects of the application of cryotherapy should be reviewed and use adjusted accordingly.

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