A comparison of mixed-method cooling interventions on pre-loaded running performance in the heat
Stevens, CJ, Bennett, KJM, Sculley, DV, Callister, R, Taylor, L & Dascombe, BJ in press, 'A comparison of mixed-method cooling interventions on pre-loaded running performance in the heat', Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
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The purpose of this investigation was to assess the effect of combining practical methods to cool the body on endurance running performance and physiology in the heat. Eleven trained male runners completed four randomised, pre-loaded running time trials (20 min at 70% VO2max and a 3 km time trial) on a non-motorised treadmill in the heat (33°C). Trials consisted of pre-cooling by combined cold-water immersion and ice slurry ingestion (PRE), mid-cooling by combined facial water spray and menthol mouth rinse (MID), a combination of all methods (ALL) and control (CON). Performance time was significantly faster in MID (13.7 ± 1.2 min; P