Since the early 1980’s there have been numerous studies that indicate that cooling the body prior or during exercising in heat can improve the ability to sustain intensive workloads over long periods of time.
Cooler skin contributes to a number of physiological advantages.
- Less cardiac output is directed toward the skin
- A lower core body temperature means that it takes longer to rise to reach critical levels, and
- Conservation of fluid (which normally would have been lost through dehydration), thus delaying the onset of dehydration and performance limits as a direct result of this.
The Research and Development teams at Arctic Heat were provided with a brief to refine a product that:
- was scientifically proven to retain temperature levels significantly longer than similar products,
- was demonstrated as providing a competitive edge for athletes,
- was multi-functional – from sporting to medical to industrial uses, and
- was able to be comfortably moulded to fit any body part or object.
The team embarked on exhaustive development and testing. The breakthrough came with the development of special viscose gel that could be moulded to the body.
Extensive scientific testing, using the widely recognised Dynamic Scanning Calorimetry, compared the thermal behaviour of Arctic Heat Products to other materials and found “…(Arctic Heat Products) were at least 30% times better than the other coolers tested.”
Field testing was equally as positive.
“…a most efficient and effective form of treatment for injuries and lowering of body temperature,” Brisbane Lions Football Club.
“The Dermatology Department of the Royal Children’s Hospital would like to thank you…the status of the children’s eczema and living standards have improved dramatically,” Emma King, Dermatology Department, Royal Children’s Hospital.