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The Effect of Cryotherapy on the Normal Ankle Joint Position Sense

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Author(s): Roya khanmohammadi | Marjan Someh | Farahnaze Ghafarinejad

Journal: Asian journal of Sports Medicine
ISSN 2008-000X

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 91;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Cryotherapy | Ankle | Position Sense | Proprioception | Immersion

ABSTRACT
Purpose: To determine whether a fifteen-minute water immersion treatment affects the normal ankle joint position sense (JPS) at the middle range of dorsiflexion and plantar flexion actively and passively. Methods: Thirty healthy female volunteers aged between 18 and 30 years were treated by a 15-minute cryotherapy (6 ± 1°C). The subject's skin temperature over antromedial aspect of dominant ankle was measured by the Mayomed device before, immediate and 15 minutes after water immersion. Ankle JPS was tested trough the pedal goniometer at 3 stages similar to the skin temperature. ANOVA (α = 0.05) was performed on each of variables using SPSS 19.0 software. Results: Skin temperature was seen to decrease after water immersion but subjects did not return to pre-test skin temperature after 15 minutes (P
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