Short term recovery with cold water immersion following cycling in the heat

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Sciences


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


Increases in core temperature are associated with perceptions of fatigue and reductions in physical work capacity. Following completion of a bout of exercise in the heat, cold water immersion (CWI) is sometimes used by athletes to rapidly decrease their core temperature, and may facilitate recovery. Few studies however, have examined the effects of CWI after exercise in the heat on short term recovery. In addition, whether or not performance benefits can arise from this recovery modality is equivocal. This thesis incorporates four individual studies surrounding the area of CWI recovery and one study that ,examined the reliability of a measure used to estimate blood flow. All of these studies have been published or submitted to refereed sport science journals.

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