Loading... Please wait...

Blog

PRE-COOLING FOR ATHLETICS AND WHY

Posted by


Prepping for Performance: Pre-Cooling Tips

Performance in athletics begins well before the actual competition. Everything from what you’ve eaten to how much sleep you’ve had over the last few days can have an impact on athletic performance. And most overlooked by athletes and coaches alike, pre-workout body temperature is paramount prior to competition.

According to Nike News, “Only 25% of our body's total energy goes into moving muscle. The other 75% is devoted to regulating heat. Reducing core temperature before extended competition or activity means more energy for the activity itself.”

Studies have shown that by cooling the body prior to athletic activity, the body will take longer to reach the temperature at which overheating and fatigue set in. This can prevent heat exhaustion, EHS (Exertional Heat Stroke), and other heat-related injuries.

Some pre-cooling tips from Andrew Hamilton, a sports science writer and lifelong endurance athlete are:

  • Ideally use a cooling jacket/vest or, failing that, ice-packed damp towels;
  • Make a reduction in skin temperature your major goal;
  • Aim to pre-cool for 8-30 minutes during warm-ups and/or the intervals between warm-ups and competition;
  • Be sure to practice your chosen pre-cooling technique before using it in a key event. https://www.peakendurancesport.com/endurance-trai...

Pre-cooling can be incorporated into breaks of exercise, as the body continues to produce heat even after exercising has stopped. Even from a non-scientific perspective, if an athlete feels better, they will typically perform at a higher level when they become overheated. Once the body becomes overheated, peak performance becomes much more challenging.

As always, please consult your physician or athletic trainer regarding the proper pre-cooling techniques for your particular athletic activity. Like anything you do, more is not always better.  For more information on regulating body temperature in athletics and cooling products go to www.coolture.net.

This is the first in a series of cooling articles geared toward regulating temperature in athletics. You can also check out our articles on recovery cooling. http://www.coolture.net/recovery-cooling/


View Comments


Cool Way to Lose Weight

"The only proven cooling solution for activating brown fat and promoting weight loss".Run for the hills when you read claims like these!  While it's true that activating brown fat can promote weight loss -- cooling options come in various forms, methods, and qualities. Nobody has the corner on "only" when it comes to cooling.    [...]

Read More »

The Cost of Cool

Something's happening here at Coolture, and what it is has become perfectly clear.In setting out to create a low-cost cooling vest that fits, performs, and will last for years (not months), we learned that low-cost fabrics and low-cost labor can only result in low-quality products. Cheap cooling vests = cheaply-made cooling vests. However, our market [...]

Read More »

Heat Vest for Winter Warriors

Whether your mode of transportation is four cylinders or four dogs, there's no better stash than a Winter Survival Kit for unexpected winter storm frontsWNY drivers who travel over 10 miles to work every day have learned how to survive winter the hard way. In fact, the glove box of any given Buffalonian might include [...]

Read More »

Anxiety

Anxiety.  The word alone provokes... well, anxiety.   There is no one reason for the onset of anxiety, but the symptoms (as well as the symptoms of anxiety medications) -- are fairly universal and challenging to control.    One common side effect is overheating, and one of the few side effects that can be comforted. Core body [...]

Read More »

Hot Body

You have a choice: you can plug a coiled warming vest into a street light, or you can opt for insulated warming gear.The good news from Coolture is that a really cool warming vest is aimed for release in late November.  We believe that good design borrows from the past as it addresses the needs [...]

Read More »

COMING SOON...

Coolture will soon be announcing a new design, this time aimed at keeping you warm. While it's a bit too early to share prototypes of our soon-to-be-released warming vest, suffice to say it's safe to share our early cooling prototypes.  Warning: do not try this at home.

Read More »

DIABETES + THE HEAT

As much as everyone welcomes warm weather, the New York Times reported (June 28, 2010) that heat can prove challenging to anyone -- but particularly hazardous to those with diabetes.   Studies have shown an increase in emergency room visits in those who have diabetes, when temperatures are high.One of the complications in both Type [...]

Read More »

The Gut of the Matter

Human performance starts with a healthy gut. We're not talking about Iron Man, Cross Fit, Mudders or other types of extreme performances -- we're talking about physiological performance: waking up, feeling energized, and preventing disease. This month's American Scientific reports that MS researchers are hoping to learn if the gut’s microbiome is a possible contributor to the [...]

Read More »

A Cooling Vest Tale

Once upon a time there was only one type of cooling vest. This particular cooling vest was around for years before Coolture was a twinkle in anyone's eye -- and we believe in giving credit where credit is due. The vest was intended for industrial and military personnel, and was later suggested for use by people [...]

Read More »


 

What's News

newsletter

Copyright 2019 Coolture. All Rights Reserved.
Sitemap | BigCommerce Premium Themes by PSDCenter