Performance in the cold
Winter sport athletes are often exposed to severe cold stress during training and competitive events in the winter season. Cold and windy ambient conditions may have an effect on physical performance and result in impaired performance.

In many athletic events where speed is crucial, low air resistance is important. This has caused clothing to be thinner and more tight-fitting such as the skiing suits used by the cross-country skiers during competition.

The objective of this task is to investigate the effects of whole-body exposure to cold ambient conditions on thermoregulatory responses and selected performance-related physiological variables during submaximal and maximal exercise. The results should be used as guidelines for further development of new material and sensor solutions for improving performance and comfort among winter athletes.

Integration of electronic systems in clothing

Advanced materials for cold clothing

Published January 29, 2009

Photos: Swix Sport and Statoil