Hybrid cooling vest for cooling between exercise bouts in the heat: Effects and practical considerations

Albert P.C. Chan, Yang Yang, Wen fang Song, Del P. Wong

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While continuous cooling strategies may induce some ergonomic problems to occupational workers, cooling between work bouts may be an alternative for cooling them down in hot environments. The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of wearing a newly designed hybrid cooling vest (HCV) between two bouts of exercise. Inside a climatic chamber set at an air temperature of 37 °C and a relative humidity of 60%, twelve male participants underwent two bouts of intermittent exercise interspersed with a 30 min between-bout recovery session, during which HCV or a passive rest without any cooling (PAS) was administered. The results indicated that thermoregulatory, physiological, and perceptual strains were significantly lower in HCV than those in PAS during the recovery session (p≤0.022), which were accompanied with a large effect of cooling (Cohen's d=0.84–2.11). For the second exercise bout, the exercise time following HCV (22.13±12.27 min) was significantly longer than that following PAS (11.04±3.40 min, p=0.005, d=1.23) During this period, core temperature Tc was significantly lower by 0.14±0.0.15 °C in HCV than that in PAS. The heart rate drift over time was declined by 2±2 bpm min−1 (p=0.001, d=1.00) and the rise in physiological strain index was reduced by 0.11±0.12 unit min−1 (p=0.010, d=0.96) following the use of HCV. These findings suggested that using HCV could accelerate between-bout recovery and improve subsequent exercise performance by the enlarged body core temperature margin and blunted cardiovascular drift.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Thermal Biology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • Heart rate drift
  • Intermittent cooling
  • Temperature gradient
  • Temperature margin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • Developmental Biology


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