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Localized cooling of the lower body to maintain core body temperature in Paralympic athletes during heavy exertion to improve endurance exercise performance

Researcher: Dr. Heather M. Logan-Sprenger, Faculty of Health Science

In partnership with Wheelchair Rugby Canada, Own the Podium, Canadian Sport Institute Ontario and 4iiii Innovations, Dr. Heather M. Logan-Sprenger is researching ways to address temperature regulation among Paralympic athletes during wheelchair exercise in hot and humid and cool ambient conditions. In collaboration with 4iiii Innovations (with their recent development of a portable continuous-cooling system) and Wheelchair Rugby Canada, this partnership research sets out to:

  1. Evaluate the relationship between thermoregulatory responses, wheelchair movement kinetics, thermo-perception, and performance across classifications in wheelchair rugby athletes
  2. Design and implement a low-weight, low-power continuous-cooling system that can be integrated on a wheelchair (or athlete) and used throughout competition
  3. Determine the efficacy of leg and foot cooling with and without active compression on physiological and cognitive responses to exercise in a thermoneutral and hot environment and during competition.


Project length: March 1, 2020 – April 30, 2024