It will get hot in Tokyo! Athletes must be prepared for extreme heat. The temperatures are at their highest from June to September. Climate tables show that the average daytime temperatures from the end of July to the end of August are between 26 and 31° C - and that with very high humidity. This is exactly the time when the competitions are held.
The World Championships for Athletes in Qatar have already shown how problematic competitive sport is under such extreme climatic conditions. Officials also give warning to the extreme heat situation. Physical strain increases and limits athletic performance. The body uses an enormous amount of energy to regulate temperature. As a former professional athlete and national coach I know this only too well.
That is why it is important to save energy with the right cooling strategy in order to rather use that energy in training and competition. So that you - not only in Tokyo - reach your goals in a healthy and energetic way.
Trained to the point of peak performance for this top event and then failing due to the climatic conditions. This is a horror many athletes might face. Without a perfect heat protection strategy, this could unfortunately become bitter reality in Tokyo. The extreme heat combined with high humidity strains on the body permanently. This leads to health problems, exhaustion and reduced performance for most people.
Studies have shown that even a loss of 1.5-2% of fluids results in a 4% loss of performance. The medium and long-term endurance is also impaired. Performance already decreases from the 2nd sprint onwards. Voluntary muscle contraction is lower at high temperatures and studies have shown that at 31°C a normal warm-up programme already led to 11% loss of performance. Why? At a body temperature of approx. 37°C (36.8°C) all processes in the body function optimally. To maintain this temperature, the body sweats in order to cool down through the evaporation of sweat on the skin. The body uses 80% of the energy for this thermoregulation. Energy that is no longer available for sporting performance.
In extreme cases, high energy consumption, high heart rate and dehydration can lead to states of exhaustion and, in an emergency, to heat cramps or heat collapse. This also endangers health. Pictures of marathon participants who stagger almost unconsciously to the finish line go around the world. This does not have to happen. More and more sports physicians and sports scientists are therefore advising active cooling.
Cooling during sports improves body parameters, prevents heat stress and improves performance.
The results of international studies on cooling during sport are impressive. E.COOLINE itself has tested and verfied these results. The results were clear. Withe cooling, athletes achieved better lactate values, better body temperature and better VO2 max values. This means less energy consumption for the same performance. In one study this resulted in up to 10% more performance. In practice, this was up to two whole stadium rounds more in the same time. That's why professionals cool down on hot days. Not only during sports but also during the day. When it comes to competition, top athletes use any chance to cool down: shortly before competing (e.g. when warming up), after competing and in every break during the competition.
Beside these 4 strategies, it is of course important to spend the whole day at pleasant temperatures. The body is then spared from any temperature regulation and the associated loss of energy. On days with heat, stay in air-conditioned rooms (caution: not too cold because of the risk of getting sick) or especially outdoors with cool clothes. In addition, aplly the right drinking strategy (please do not drink too much - this can also have negative effects on the body) and use sun protection!
Precooling is all about saving energy to relieve the body from the effort of sweating - i.e. temperature management - even before exercise and especially when warming up. As a result the body starts with a lower temperature and it takes long for the (energy consuming) sweating process to kick in. Important: cool down at least 20 minutes before the start of the competition and definitely during the "warm-up"! It is important to cool down with the right temperature. Please do not use ice vests, because "a lot helps a lot" is not always the right thing according to studies. Too much causes the body to overreact and you achieve the opposite of what you wanted.
In case of precooling in a narrow stadium cabin, during "warming up" or in regions or days with high humidity, the products should then be precooled (COOL TO GO METHOD see below...) in order to have sufficient cooling capacity available. This can be done hours in advance.
Normally it is sufficient to simply activate the E.COOLINE shirts, vests, cooling headgear and arm coolers, etc. with water and put them on for warm-up. Ideally, use them as long as possible directly before the sporting activity.
More than 300 studies worldwide have already dealt with the subject of cooling and performance enhancement. In practice, most of them failed due to the provision of cooling and the logistics required for this. From freezer packs or ice vests - there was no optimal solution. They worked only briefly or the effect was too heavy.
This is different with E.COOLINE. Within seconds you get up to 660 watts of cooling energy that lasts for a long time. A large assortment of clothes are availbe: cooling baseball caps, bandanas, sunnvisors or the headband are available. You can choose whatevery suits your sport best. Many top athletes use the arm coolers. It is best to pre-cool them with the COOL TO GO method at the beginning. it can be refresh with a wet sponge, ice water or ice cubes at refreshment stations. Simple, practical and effective.
Cooling offers a completely natural performance reserve, as Siegfried Schonert, the team manager of the German Athletics Association, confirms. Muscles work produces enormous amounts of heat, which the body has to get rid of with a lot of energy consumption. The body tries to do this especially during the breaks in matches, during all around competitions or several competitions on the same day. If you now cool the body it has to spend less energy for the same result. Without cooling, energy is lost, which should be invested in the following sports performance.
If the fraction of a second is important in sports, intercooling can be decisive with the right cooling clothing. Cooling vests or cooling towels and cooling headgear are suitable for this. Especially when you cannot or do not want to cool during sports, cooling during breaks is extremely important.
With regard to sports practice, it is important that multiple breaks, e.g. in tennis, lead to the greatest effects. Tennis, beach volleyball, boxing, but also basketball and other sports with many breaks are particularly suitable for intercooling.
The right regeneration method is crucial for success in many sports. The number of races and competitions in shorter and shorter sequences rise. This demands a lot from the athletes' bodies. Recreational athletes run several times a week and running events are in vogue. It is not always the better athlete who wins, but the one who remains injury-free. How do you manage that? In a large-scale study under the direction of the University of Saarbrücken, several regeneration measures were tested for their effectiveness. The result: Cooling is one of the few measures that lead to effective results during regeneration.
What is the goal of regeneration with cooling?
The recovery time is shortened and the cardiovascular system is supported. In addition, according to sports physicians, micro injuries can be contained right from the start before more serious injuries occur in the next training session. As a result, the athlete is recovered quicker and is more likely to remain injury-free. A success for the athletic performance is therefore more likely. With cooling vest, arm, head and leg cooling, it is very simple - the "ice bucket" to take away, so to speak. Mobile, simple, hygienic and effective.
At very high ambient temperatures, extreme exertion and especially at high humidity, the use 3D - COOL-Booster effect of the COOLINE® technology can be crucial for your health and sucess. Those conditions are usual in Tokyo during the summer months.
The 3D surface of E.COOLINE can store a cooling capacity of 0 - 10°C in record time of 5-20 minutes (depending on the product). It can be released effectively and has an additional evaporative cooling effect. By using simple, mobile cool boxes and ice packs or crushed ice, E.COOLINE is also effective at extreme temperatures and over 90% humidity. The product is ready for repeated use within minutes.
All you need is a simple cool box or cool bag, some plastic zipper bags and ice cubes or crushed ice. You fill the crushed ice into the bags and simply layer the bags in the cool box. The place the water-activated cooling product in between. Just leave the box for about 30 minutes to unfold the maximum effect. If you then open the cool box, the E.COOLINE product has absorbed the cold of the ice and cools down much more. Of course not forever. If you have a second product in the cool box, you can exchange them over and over again for hours and stay cool and mobile. You can easily take the cool box with you wherever you go. Even into your sports bag or backpack. Stay mobile and "Turbo" cool.
Runners and track and field athletes like to be out in the fresh air and love nature. That is why functional sports products such as actively cooling clothing should also be sustainable and climate-friendly. E.COOLINE is partly produced by upcycling and reusing waste fibres. In addition, the water consumption is significantly lower compared to "ice barrels" or large water basins. It is also generally not necessary to pre-cool in the freezer, which is associated with high energy consumption and additional CO2 emissions. E.COOLINE transforms heat naturally into effective cooling by evaporation of water. All products have been climate neutral since 2013. Our company has won the 2019/2020 climate protection award. This means that all athletes cool themselves with E.COOLINE CO2 neutrally and thus protect not only themselves but also the environment.