A recent study found that the Polar Skin™ Comprehensive Cooling System can be an effective way to reduce core and skin temperature in people who have exercised in hot conditions.
The study, which was conducted by PhysioZing, LLC, in collaboration with Per Vivo Labs, Inc., involved 17 male participants who exercised on a treadmill in a hot room (38.8°C (102°F) and 40% RH). The participants exercised until their core temperature reached 38.8°C. Once their core temperature reached 38.8°C, they stopped exercising and were cooled using the Polar Skin™ Comprehensive Cooling System.
The Polar Skin™ Comprehensive Cooling System consists of four C2E ice packs and six ice sheets. The ice packs are placed in the armpits and groin area, and the ice sheets are placed on the chest and back. The ice sheets are replaced every minute for 20 minutes and the ice pads remain in place for for 20 minutes.
The study found that the Polar Skin™ Comprehensive Cooling System significantly reduced core and skin temperature in the participants. The average decrease in core temperature was 1.0°C (0.2°F), and the average decrease in skin temperature was 3.6°C (6.5°F). The study also found that the Polar Skin™ Comprehensive Cooling System was effective in reducing the risk of heat injury.
The authors of the study concluded that the Polar Skin™ Comprehensive Cooling System is an effective and practical way to reduce core and skin temperature in people who have exercised in hot conditions. The system is also less cumbersome and arguably more cost effective compared to constant maintenance of on-location cold-water immersion systems.
If you are planning to exercise in hot conditions, it is important to be aware of the risks of heat injury. Heat injury can be serious and even fatal. The Polar Skin™ Comprehensive Cooling System can be an effective way to reduce your risk of heat injury.
Here are some additional tips for preventing heat injury:
Drink plenty of fluids.
Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.
Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day.
Take frequent breaks in the shade.
If you start to feel hot, dizzy, or nauseated, stop exercising and cool down immediately.
If you think you or someone you know has heat injury, seek medical attention immediately.