Term of Award

Fall 2008

Degree Name

Master of Science in Kinesiology (M.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Department

Department of Health and Kinesiology

Committee Chair

Jim McMillan

Committee Member 1

Stephen Rossi

Committee Member 2

Sarah Ritchie

Abstract

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of cold air ventilated shoulder pads on core temperature and perceived exertion in football athletes during a scrimmage. METHODS: Eight football athletes were randomly divided into two groups, one receiving cold air ventilation (v) and the other receiving no treatment (nv). Ratings of perceived exertion were taken and core temperatures were taken using a radio frequency device and swallowed CorTemp pills. RESULTS: Data were analyzed using paired and independent sample T-tests. There were no significant differences in core temperature or RPE between the ventilated and non-ventilated groups. No significant difference was found among ventilated subjects pre and post treatment. CONCLUSIONS: Although the RPE values were not significantly different between groups, there was a trend found among the data with post cooling RPE values, suggesting a psychological benefit for those receiving the cold-air treatment.

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