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J. Imaging 2016, 2(2), 20; doi:10.3390/jimaging2020020

Detection by Infrared Thermography of the Effect of Local Cryotherapy Exposure on Thermal Spreadin Skin

Biomechanics Team/Research Group in Engineering Sciences (GRESPI EA4694), University of Reims, Moulin de la Housse, Reims 51100, France
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Academic Editors: Carosena Meola and Gonzalo Pajares Martinsanz
Received: 12 March 2016 / Revised: 25 May 2016 / Accepted: 31 May 2016 / Published: 13 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The World in Infrared Imaging)
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The aim of the study is to evaluate the impact of the exposure duration of local cryotherapy on the skin temperature of the thigh and of the knee. Ten subjects performed a low-intensity exercise, rested for 20 min without ice, and then rested for 5 min and 10 min with ice under the right knee. The skin temperatures were measured by infrared thermography to assess the thermal spread. The results of the statistical analysis reveal an increase of skin temperature of the knee after an exposure of 5 min to the cryotherapy (p < 0.05). There are also differences inthermal regulation between the 10-min exposure and the absence of ice pack. The exposure time variation of local cryotherapy gives different physiological responses which vary in intensity and in location. View Full-Text
Keywords: infrared thermography; cryotherapy; thermal cartographies; exposure time; skin temperature; physical effort infrared thermography; cryotherapy; thermal cartographies; exposure time; skin temperature; physical effort
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Vellard, M.; Arfaoui, A. Detection by Infrared Thermography of the Effect of Local Cryotherapy Exposure on Thermal Spreadin Skin. J. Imaging 2016, 2, 20.

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