Published study suggests brief and selective head cooling with WElkins SCS can enhance aerobic performance
Researchers at Wheaton College announced the publication of their athletic cooling study in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. Key findings included a considerable and statistically significant improvement in athlete performance (power output and time to volitional exhaustion) when head-neck cooling was used over a control condition. The athletic study compared WElkins head-neck cooling against a placebo (counter-balanced) in a short recovery window between bouts of aerobic exercise in hot (35C) conditions: athletes began with a 40-minute cycle at 65% maximal VO2, briefly recovered with active cooling or placebo, then concluded with a maximal effort graded exercise test (GXT). When athletes received active cooling during the brief recovery window, their performance on the subsequent GXT exhibited a considerable increase in peak aerobic power output and extended the time to volitional exhaustion by more than 30 seconds. See below for the Abstract and a link to the full article.