COOLING PRODUCES A LOSS IN STRENGTH
Comeau, M. J., & Potteiger, J. A. (1999). The effects of whole body cooling on force production in the quadriceps and hamstrings. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 31(5), Supplement abstract 1516.
The effects of whole body cooling on force production in the quadriceps and hamstring muscles were investigated. Males (N = 10) completed two sets of 10 maximal isokinetic efforts. Ss experienced 40 minutes of cooling at 20, 15, 10, or 5 degrees Celsius between sets.
Force production of both sets of muscles was significantly decreased (~5%) when whole body cooling occured at 10 and 5 degrees Celsius.
Implication. In cold conditions, and after the body has cooled somewhat, an individual exhibits a loss of strength in the region of 5%.
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