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Contrast baths (CB) is a thermal treatment modality used in sports medicine, athletic training, and rehabilitation settings. To investigate the physiological effects of CB on the intramuscular hemodynamics and oxygenation using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), an optical method for monitoring changes in tissue oxygenated (O2Hb), deoxygenated (HHb), and total hemoglobin (tHb) as well as tissue oxygen saturation index (TSI%).

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The effect of CB application in improving tissue hemodynamics and oxygenation may, therefore, support the therapeutic benefits of CB in the treatment of muscle injuries.

Dr Amir Pakravan
University of Suffolk

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This page is a summary of: Contrast Baths, Intramuscular Hemodynamics, and Oxygenation as Monitored by Near-Infrared Spectroscopy, Journal of Athletic Training, September 2018, Journal of Athletic Training/NATA,
DOI: 10.4085/1062-6050-127-17.
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