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Effects of whole-body cryotherapy on haematological values in athletes
  1. G Banffi1,
  2. M Krajewska2,
  3. G Melegati1,
  4. M Patacchini3
  1. 1
    IRCCS Galeazzi, Milan, Italy
  2. 2
    Public Hospital, Lodz, Poland
  3. 3
    Italian Rugby Federation, Rome, Italy
  1. G Banffi, IRCCS Galeazzi, Milan, Italy; giuseppebanfi{at}

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Whole-body cryotherapy is a treatment used for various conditions, especially rheumatological disease.1 In sports medicine, whole-body cryotherapy is known to encourage recovery from muscular traumas, although well-controlled studies have not been published. The treatment is not dangerous for lung function2 and does not decrease antioxidant capacity.3

In whole-body cryotherapy, the subjects, wearing minimal clothing, are exposed to very cold air: a period of 30 seconds at –60°C and, later, a period of 2 minutes at –110°C. Despite the high cold …

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