Bone remodelling biomarkers after whole body cryotherapy (WBC) in elite rugby players

Emanuela Galliera, Giada Dogliotti, Gianluca Melegati, Massimiliano M. Corsi Romanelli, Paolo Cabitza, Giuseppe Banfi

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1117-1121
Number of pages5
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013


  • Athletes
  • Bone remodelling biomarkers
  • Whole body cryotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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