Thursday, 22 August 2013

UCLan researcher part of pioneering new study

UCLan Clinical Researcher and Graduate Sports Therapist Jill Alexander (left) has coordinated a pioneering new study into cryotherapy.

Working alongside her team at the University, as well as the world’s leading researcher into cryotherapy - Dr. Joseph Costello - Jill's study was in collaboration Wigan Warriors Rugby League Club and BOC, the UK’s leading handler of cryogenic gases, and was formulated in order to assess the physiological changes that may take place during whole body cryotherapy (WBC) exposure.

The international project has successfully provided key data in the research of cryotherapy. This form of treatment, using very low temperatures in order to activate physiological reflexes and reactions, is widely used by athletes and clinicians to improve sport and fitness recovery rates.

The extensive data collection included blood samples and thermal images and will be analysed to assess the optimal length of exposure to WBC. The Society of Sports Therapists have details of the study on their website. Members please click here and students click here.

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