Accession Number:

ADA621654

Title:

Effects of a Novel Cooling Shirt on Various Physical Performance Parameters in Elite Athletes

Descriptive Note:

Special rept. Jun-Aug 2014

Corporate Author:

SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH AEROMEDICAL RESEARCH DEPT

Report Date:

2015-06-03

Pagination or Media Count:

16.0

Abstract:

Elite athletes, as well as military personnel, are routinely exposed to a variety of high-heat conditions that can ultimately alter judgment and physical performance and even result in death. The reductions in physical performance could severely limit the ability of athletes and soldiers to sustain and satisfactorily continue the high level of performance often required during intense ground operations and sport matches. The primary purpose of this short-term field observation was to determine the effects of a technical cooling shirt and physiological sensor technology in the field on various physiological parameters on Division I collegiate football players. Twelve National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I football players, of various positions, were selected to participate in a non-human use field observation to evaluate a novel cooing shirt and Zephyr BioHarnessregistered trademark on eight separate days. The lower leg resistance training sessions rating of perceived exertion was significantly higher in the loaded cooling shirt containing a cooling material than the unloaded condition containing no cooling material p0.001. In the sprint interval workouts, the athletes in the loaded conditions achieved a higher average sprint speed in comparison to the unloaded conditions p0.01. Based on the outcomes of this study, additional field studies are warranted while subjects engage in high-intensity activities. Additionally, future research should be conducted to test the cooling material in varying environments such as dry heat and very hot, humid conditions with the cooling shirt worn alone and with the cooling shirt covered.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Stress Physiology
  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE