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How Does Cryotherapy Effect Ankle Proprioception in Healthy Individuals?

Houten, D. and Cooper, Darren (2017) How Does Cryotherapy Effect Ankle Proprioception in Healthy Individuals? Somatosensory and Motor Research, 34 (3). pp. 158-171. ISSN 0899-0220 Online 1369-1651

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Abstract

Objectives: To investigate how a 15 minute Cryotherapy intervention effects proprioception by measuring Joint positional Sense (JPS) and static single legged balance. Design: Repeated measures design. Setting: Laboratory. Participants: Eighteen healthy university sports team students (11 males, 7 females) aged between 20-21 years. Main Outcome Measures: Participants were treated with 15 minutes Aircast Cryo-cuff. The subject’s skin temperature was measured before and immediately after 15 minutes Cryotherapy treatment. Ankle active joint positional sense (A-JPS) and passive joint positional sense (P-JPS) was measured at pre-test, immediately post-test and 5 minutes post-test. Static balance was measured by Centre of Pressure (CoP) mean path length, medial-lateral (ML) CoP mean Deviation and anterior-posterior (AP) CoP mean Deviation and mean time-to-boundary (TtB) Minima for AP and ML directions. Results: No significant differences found for the variables of JPS and static single balance testing after 15 minutes Cryotherapy treatment. However, mean differences for CoP mean path length and ML mean deviation were shown to improve following Cryotherapy treatment, results not previously found in the literature. Conclusion: Results suggest that 15 minute Cryo-cuff treatment doesn’t significantly affect proprioception. Although the effect of Cryotherapy on proprioception depends on cooling modality used, time frame applied and joint applied to.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Cryotherapy, proprioception, JPS, CoP
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: Darren Cooper
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2017 09:01
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2017 10:43
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/5846

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