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The effect of a segmental, localized lower limb cooling protocol on muscular strength and balance

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dc.contributor.author Montgomery, Roger Edward
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-27T19:50:41Z
dc.date.available 2013-11-23T10:00:04Z
dc.date.issued 2012-11-27
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10464/4144
dc.description.abstract The human neuromuscular system is susceptible to changes within the thermal environment. Cold extrinsic temperatures can significantly reduce muscle and nervous system function and communication, which can have consequences for motor performance. A repeated measures design protocol exposed participants to a 12°C cold water immersion (CWI) up to the ankle, knee, and hip to determine the effect that reduced skin and muscle temperature had on balance and strength task execution. Although a linear reduction in the ability to perform balance tasks was seen from the control condition through to the hip CWI, results from the study indicated a significant reduction in dynamic balance (Star Excursion Balance Test reach distance) performance from only the hip CWI (P<0.05). This reduced performance could have been due to an increase in joint stiffness, increased agonist-antagonist co-contraction, and/or reduced isokinetic muscular strength. Reduced physical performance due to cold temperature could negatively impact outdoor recreational athletics. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brock University en_US
dc.subject Star excursion balance test en_US
dc.subject cold water immersion en_US
dc.subject isokinetic strength en_US
dc.title The effect of a segmental, localized lower limb cooling protocol on muscular strength and balance en_US
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name M.Sc. Applied Health Sciences en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.contributor.department Applied Health Sciences Program en_US
dc.degree.discipline Faculty of Applied Health Sciences en_US
dc.embargo.terms 12 Months en_US


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