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dc.contributor.authorLeahy, Martin
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-15T20:16:44Z
dc.date.available2014-09-15T20:16:44Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.citationCostello, J, McNamara, P., Leahy, M., Algar, L., O Connell, M., Donnelly, A. (2013) 'Tissue viability imaging of skin microcirculation following exposure to Cold Air (-110°C) and Cold Water (8°C)'. Archives of Exercise in Health & Disease, .en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10379/4530
dc.descriptionJournal articleen_US
dc.description.abstractCryotherapy is currently used in various clinical, rehabilitative and sporting settings. However, very little is known regarding the impact of cooling on the microcirculatory response. Objectives: The present study sought to examine the influence of two commonly employed modalities of cryotherapy, whole body cryotherapy (WBC; -110°C) and cold water immersion (CWI; 8±1°C), on skin microcirculation in the mid thigh region. Methods: The skin area examined was a 3 ´ 3 cm located between the most anterior aspect of the inguinal fold and the patella. Following 10 minutes of rest, 5 healthy, active males were exposed to either WBC for 3 minutes or CWI for 5 minutes in a randomised order. Volunteers lay supine for five minutes after treatment, in order to monitor the variation of red blood cell (RBC) concentration in the region of interest for a duration of 40 minutes. Microcirculation response was assessed using a non-invasive, portable instrument known as a Tissue Viability imaging system. After a minimum of seven days, the protocol was repeated. Subjective assessment of the volunteer¿s thermal comfort and thermal sensation was also recorded. Results: RBC was altered following exposure to both WBC and CWI but appeared to stabilise approximately 35 minutes after treatments. Both WBC and CWI affected thermal sensation (p < 0.05), however no between group differences in thermal comfort or sensation were recorded (p > 0.05). Conclusions: As both WBC and CWI altered RBC, further study is necessary to examine the mechanism for this alteration during whole body cooling.en_US
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dc.publisherCIAFELen_US
dc.relation.ispartofArchives of Exercise in Health & Diseaseen
dc.subjectCryotherapyen_US
dc.subjectCoolingen_US
dc.titleTissue viability imaging of skin microcirculation following exposure to Cold Air (-110°C) and Cold Water (8°C)en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.date.updated2014-09-11T12:32:30Z
dc.local.publishedsourcehttp://ciafel.fade.up.pt/aehd/index.php/aehd/article/view/152en_US
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dc.local.contactMartin Leahy, Applied Physics, School Of Physics, Room 122, Arts/Science Building, Nui Galway. 4260 Email: martin.leahy@nuigalway.ie
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