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The Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma (NISMAT)

A Collection of Studies, Research, and Available Data Regarding:
the Implementation of PCM for Benefitting (Cryo)Therapy and Performance

GlacierTek and its partner PureTemp are proud participants within the ACSM World Congress(es) and the scientific community at large. Providing materials, data, and fulfilling customized requests for research that enable improvements in the fields of Sports Therapy and Recovery helps to uphold our values of seeking to improve the quality of life for a wide range of people/professions. 

For applications in the field of sports therapy, training, and recovery, the Research Team within the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma works closely with GlacierTek. Their efforts help to build case studies and specific research that investigates concepts for improving upon existing/standard methods of athletic rehabilitation and recovery.

From NISMAT's team of researchers, Dr. Susan Kwiecien has worked closely with Glacier Tek to utilize our products in facilitating research projects to evaluate PCMs, particularly in regards to their capabilities as a direct replacement for (Cryo)Therapy. She is joined by Director of Research Dr. Malachy McHugh and other researchers who also lend some of their expertise to the study of PCMs.

Dr. Kwiecien has graciously contributed her time and personal expertise to assist a variety of medical organizations or specific clients with gaining a better understanding of PCM implementations, benefits, and available data.  If you are seeking more information than the resources provided here, please contact a Glacier Tek representative here to request a conference when available.

Malachy McHugh, PhD

Director of Research

NISMAT Research Team

Susan Kwiecien, PhD

Clinical Research Manager

NISMAT Research Team

Michael Mulaney

Research Consultant

NISMAT Research Team

Links to Research, Articles, and Available Documents:

Accelerated Muscle Recovery in Baseball Pitchers Using Phase Change Material Cooling
Mullaney MJ et al MSSE 2020

Cryotherapy Reinvented Application of Phase Change Material for Recovery in Elite Soccer
Clifford T et al Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 2018

American College of Sports Medicine World Congress 2020 - Research Display
The Efficacy of Prolonged Cooling Using Phase Change Material for Enhancing Recovery Following a Marathon

American College of Sports Medicine World Congress 2019 - Research Display
Accelerated Recover of Muscle Function in Baseball Pitchers Using Post-Game Phase Change Material Cooling

Exploring the Efficacy of a Safe Cryotherapy Alternative
Kwiecien SY et al IJSPP 2019

The Effect of Phase Change Material on Recovery of Neuromuscular Function Following Competitive Soccer Match-Play

The Cold Truth: the role of cryotherapy in the treatment of injury and recovery from exercise
Kwiecien SY & McHugh MP Eur J Appl Physiol 2021

Prolonged cooling with phase change material enhances recovery and does not affect the subsequent repeated bout effect following exercise
Kwiecien SY et al Eur J Appl Physiol 2020

Don't Lose Your Cool with Cryotherapy the application of phase change material for prolonged cooling in athletic recovery and beyond
Kwiecien SY et al Front Sports Act Living 2020

Prolonging the duration of cooling does not enhance recovery following a marathon
Kwiecien SY et al Scand J Med Sci Sports 2020

The efficacy of cooling with phase change material for the treatment of exercise-induced muscle damage pilot study
Kwiecien SY et al J Sports Sci. 2018

Biodegradability Assessment of Phase Change Material


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