Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Testing NHL Uniforms Will Help Keep Hockey Players Cool On The Ice

Date:
January 29, 2007
Source:
Central Michigan University
Summary:
National Hockey League players will stay cool on the ice thanks to research at Central Michigan University. Last spring, CMU researchers performed thermal testing of three prototype NHL uniforms -- one of which the league unveiled Monday as its new lighter, cooler uniform.

Central Michigan University researchers captured this image of a hockey uniform using a thermal camera and body scanner during last year's testing of materials for new National Hockey League uniforms.
Credit: Image courtesy of Central Michigan University

National Hockey League players will stay cool on the ice thanks to research at Central Michigan University.

Last spring, CMU researchers performed thermal testing of three prototype NHL uniforms -- one of which the league unveiled Monday as its new lighter, cooler uniform.

The research was crucial to help Reebok, the uniform's designer, determine which prototype best limited sweat and heat buildup for players during a game. Researchers used a body scanner and thermal camera to map heat patterns on a test subject wearing the different uniforms.

"It's great to work on a real-world project," said Maureen MacGillivray, professor of apparel merchandising and design. "It's great exposure to CMU and our ongoing research. This technology is so new that companies aren't really aware of it and how it can be utilized to improve apparel design."

MacGillivray was part of a team of CMU faculty who met with Reebok officials on campus in May. During a weekend testing session, the faculty put the subject -- a teenage hockey player -- through a variety of workouts wearing the three Reebok prototypes and the NHL's current uniform. They used the thermal camera to measure the teen's temperatures.

Other participating faculty members included: Tanya Domina, professor of apparel merchandising and design; Terry Lerch, a professor in the engineering and technology department; and Patrick Kinnicutt, a computer science professor.

Reebok officials say the new uniforms are more ergonomically fitted to a player's body, and that a new stretch mesh fabric will give players better range of motion. The new NHL uniform uses ventilated "Play Dry" fabric, which Domina said will keep players 4 to 10 degrees cooler than the previous material.

Next month, the faculty team plans to meet again with Reebok officials to test prototypes for new uniforms for the National Basketball Association -- likely using CMU's new environmental chamber. The $80,000 chamber -- housed at CMU's engineering and technology building -- can simulate temperatures between minus 20 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit and from 5 to 95 percent relative humidity.

Domina said the new chamber can better simulate actual playing conditions on the basketball court. In the future, CMU researchers plan to use it to simulate extreme temperatures during a house fire or other emergency to test new first-responder uniforms.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Central Michigan University. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Central Michigan University. "Testing NHL Uniforms Will Help Keep Hockey Players Cool On The Ice." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 29 January 2007. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/01/070128110328.htm>.
Central Michigan University. (2007, January 29). Testing NHL Uniforms Will Help Keep Hockey Players Cool On The Ice. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 22, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/01/070128110328.htm
Central Michigan University. "Testing NHL Uniforms Will Help Keep Hockey Players Cool On The Ice." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/01/070128110328.htm (accessed July 22, 2014).

Share This




More Matter & Energy News

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Government Approves East Coast Oil Exploration

Government Approves East Coast Oil Exploration

AP (July 18, 2014) The Obama administration approved the use of sonic cannons to discover deposits under the ocean floor by shooting sound waves 100 times louder than a jet engine through waters shared by endangered whales and turtles. (July 18) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Sunken German U-Boat Clearly Visible For First Time

Sunken German U-Boat Clearly Visible For First Time

Newsy (July 18, 2014) The wreckage of the German submarine U-166 has become clearly visible for the first time since it was discovered in 2001. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Obama: U.S. Must Have "smartest Airports, Best Power Grid"

Obama: U.S. Must Have "smartest Airports, Best Power Grid"

Reuters - US Online Video (July 17, 2014) President Barak Obama stopped by at a lunch counter in Delaware before making remarks about boosting the nation's infrastructure. Mana Rabiee reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Crude Oil Prices Bounce Back After Falling Below $100 a Barrel

Crude Oil Prices Bounce Back After Falling Below $100 a Barrel

TheStreet (July 16, 2014) Oil Futures are bouncing back after tumbling below $100 a barrel for the first time since May yesterday. Jeff Grossman is the president of BRG Brokerage and trades at the NYMEX. Grossman tells TheStreet the Middle East is always a concern for oil traders. Oil prices were pushed down in recent weeks on Libya increasing its production. Supply disruptions in Iraq fading also contributed to prices falling. News from China's economic front showing a growth for the second quarter also calmed fears on its slowdown. Jeff Grossman talks to TheStreet's Susannah Lee on this and more on the Energy Department's Energy Information Administration (EIA) report. Video provided by TheStreet
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins