Whole body cryotherapy (WBC) consists of a brief exposure to extreme cold air (110 8C) in a controlled chamber and it is applied in sports medicine to improve recovery from musculoskeletal trauma. The aim of this study is to better define the beneficial effect of WCB on the musculoskeletal system of athletes, in particular on bone remodelling. Remodelling osteoimmunological biomarkers OPG, RANKL and RANK were measured after WBC treatment in 10 male rugby players randomly selected from the Italian National team. OPG levels were increased significantly, supporting the view that WBC induces an osteogenic effect. Further studies evaluating the effect of WBC on bone metabolism are desirable.
- Bone remodelling biomarkers
- Whole body cryotherapy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Emergency Medicine
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine