Effects of the whole-body cryotherapy on NTproBNP, hsCRP and troponin I in athletes

Giuseppe Banfi, Gianluca Melegati, Alessandra Barassi, Gianlodovico Melzi d'Eril

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Whole-body cryotherapy refers to brief exposure to very cold air for treating symptoms of various illnesses. In sports medicine, whole-body cryotherapy is administered to improve recovery from muscular trauma. As specific studies are lacking, we measured cardiac markers in 10 top-level rugby players of the Italian National team before and after a 1-week course of daily sessions of whole-body cryotherapy. All subjects continued with the same training workload as that of the previous weeks. N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide (NTproBNP) levels increased but remained within the normal range, whilst troponin I (TnI) and high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) were unchanged. Whole-body cryotherapy did not impair cardiac function in this sample of elite athletes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-610
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009


  • hsCRP
  • NTproBNP
  • Rugby
  • Troponin I
  • Whole-body cryotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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