Does Cryotherapy Work? A Look at the Evidence

by Anthony Mortara, EdD, CSCS, Mike T. Lane, PhD, CSCS,*D, and Amanda Peach MS
Personal Training Quarterly September 2018
Vol 5, Issue 1

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Whole body cryotherapy through cold air exposure has been used to accelerate recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage. Questions remain, such as: does cryotherapy work, is there a minimum effective dose, and if so, what is it?

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