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Effect of Body Cooling on Subsequent Aerobic and Anaerobic Exercise Performance: A Systematic Review

Ranalli, Gregory F1; DeMartini, Julianne K1; Casa, Douglas J1; McDermott, Brendon P2; Armstrong, Lawrence E1; Maresh, Carl M1

The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: December 2010 - Volume 24 - Issue 12 - p 3488-3496
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181fb3e15
Brief Review

Ranalli, GF, DeMartini, JK, Casa, DJ, McDermott, BP, Armstrong, LE, and Maresh, CM. Effect of body cooling on subsequent aerobic and anaerobic exercise performance: a systematic review. J Strength Cond Res 24(12): 3488-3496, 2010-Body cooling has become common in athletics, with numerous studies looking at different cooling modalities and different types of exercise. A search of the literature revealed 14 studies that measured performance following cooling intervention and had acceptable protocols for exercise and performance measures. These studies were objectively analyzed with the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) scale, and 13 of the studies were included in this review. These studies revealed that body cooling by various modalities had consistent and greater impact on aerobic exercise performance (mean increase in performance = 4.25%) compared to anaerobic (mean increase in performance = 0.66%). Different cooling modalities, and cooling during different points during an exercise protocol, had extremely varied results. In conclusion, body cooling seems to have a positive effect on aerobic performance, although the impact on anaerobic performance may vary and often does not provide the same positive effect.

1Korey Stringer Institute, Department of Kinesiology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut; and 2Department of Health and Human Performance, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Address correspondence to Gregory Ranalli,

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