The effect of pre-cooling intensity on cooling efficiency and exercise performance

N. Bogerd, C. Perret, C.P. Bogerd, R.M. Rossi, H.A.M. Daanen

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    Although pre-cooling is known to enhance exercise performance, the optimal cooling intensity is unknown. We hypothesized that mild cooling opposed to strong cooling circumvents skin vasoconstriction and thermogenesis, and thus improves cooling efficiency reflected in improved time to exhaustion. Eight males undertook three randomized trials, consisting of a pre-cooling and an exercise session. During the pre-cooling, performed in a room of 24.6±0.4°C and 24±6% relative humidity, participants received either 45 min of mild cooling using an evaporative cooling shirt or strong cooling using an ice-vest. A no-cooling condition was added as a control. Subsequent cycling exercise was performed at 65% VO
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)771-779
    JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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