Utilising internal cooling strategies for the improvement of cognitive function during exercise in hot and humid conditions

Jacinta Saldaris

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

Prolonged exercise in the heat leads to decrements in exercise performance and cognition. Substantial evidence exists regarding optimising cooling strategies for exercise performance; however, less is known about the effect of cooling methods on cognitive function during exercise in the heat. We demonstrated that crushed ice ingestion improves cognitive function and mood state during exercise in the heat. We also found that the perception of cooling, via menthol swilling, was beneficial for exercise performance but not cognitive function. The mix of ice-ingestion with menthol swilling could offer improvements in sporting performance, enhancing both cognitive and exercise capacity.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Award date20 Mar 2020
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019

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