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

Costello, Joseph, McInerney, Ciarán D., Bleakley, Chris M., Selfe, James, & Donnelly, Alan E. (2012) The use of thermal imaging in assessing skin temperature following cryotherapy : a review. Journal of Thermal Biology, 37(2), pp. 103-110.

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Abstract

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.

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ID Code: 50189
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Tissue temperature; Cooling; Infrared technology
DOI: 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2011.11.008
ISSN: 0306-4565
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600) > Sports Medicine (110604)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600) > Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified (110699)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Thermal Biology. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Thermal Biology, [VOL 37, ISSUE 2, (2012)] DOI: 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2011.11.008
Deposited On: 10 May 2012 08:25
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2013 21:22

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