The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of single and repeated whole-body cryotherapy (WBC, air -110 °C) on the neuromuscular performance in healthy subjects (n=14). The flight times in a drop-jump exercise decreased after a single WBC exposure, but these changes almost vanished after repeated WBC for 3 months. This adaptation was accompanied by a decreased co-contraction of lower leg muscles during the drop-jump. In conclusion, in dynamic exercise, neuromuscular functioning may be able to adapt to repeated WBC, which might enhance the effects of therapeutic exercises in patients after the WBC.
Westerlund, T, Oksa, J, Smolander, J and Mikkelsson, M. (2009) “Neuromuscular adaptation after repeated exposure to whole-body cryotherapy (-110 °C)”. Journal of Thermal Biology 34 (5) 226-31.