Effectiveness of Various Cryotherapy Systems at Decreasing Ankle Skin Temperatures and Applying Compression

in International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training
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  • 1 Texas State University
  • 2 Brigham Young University
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A variety of cryotherapy systems may be used to cool tissues immediately after an injury. The purpose our study was to examine the effect of a 30-min application of various cryotherapy devices on skin temperatures and compression. A crossover-designed study performed in a university research laboratory was conducted. Each treatment condition was applied to the lateral ankle for 30 min on different days. HyperIce’s colder temperatures over the lateral ankle (p < .0001) would make it the treatment choice for immediate care of ankle lateral ligament injuries, but is limited due its size for larger injuries.

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