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.
Former Illini football player Kevin Jackson, a senior research scientist at the Beckman Institute, discusses his research and development of more effective treatments for head and neck injuries
We heartily recommend reading the new piece on Kevin Jackson published by the Beckman Institute last week. A former star running back at the University of Illinois, Jackson earned his Ph.D. in 2003 and helped adapt WElkins military cooling technology for possible use tackling the multi-faceted challenge of athletic head and neck injury. Jackson continues to conduct groundbreaking research in coordination with the Carle Foundation Hospital, Beckman Institute, and U of I Division of Intercollegiate Athletics -- we wish him continued success!
Link to full article: Jackson Looks at Athletic Injuries (Beckman Institute)
Penn State to utilize WElkins' brain cooling technology to explore "revolutionary step" in the treatment and prevention of sports-related concussions
WElkins, LLC is excited to share Penn State's announcement today of a groundbreaking new research program into the effects of brain cooling on sports-related concussion. The Principal Investigator, Semyon Slobounov -- Professor of Kinesiology and Director of the Penn State Center for Sport Concussion Research and Service -- studies sports-related traumatic brain injuries using advanced virtual reality and brain imaging tools. Now, with support from WElkins and Spartan Medical, he is determined to learn what more can be done about a problem that continues to arise in athletes of all ages, despite advanced testing and updated regulations and protocols.
We are excited to share some initial results from a recently completed athletic cooling study using WElkins’ Sideline Cooling System. Researchers at Wheaton College discovered 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. A full manuscript has been submitted for publication, but you can read below for a “sneak peek” at the findings: