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Analysis of Thermal-Regulation and Comfort Associated with User Perceptions and Garment Performance

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School of Engineering, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environment, Deakin University, Geelong, VIC 3220, Australia
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School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Faculty of Health, Deakin University, Geelong, VIC 3220, Australia
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Whitespace–Lululemon Athletica, Vancouver, BC V6J 1C7, Canada
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Presented at the 12th Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 26–29 March 2018.
Proceedings 2018, 2(6), 231; https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2060231
Published: 22 February 2018
This study is designed to understand post-exercise comfort perceptions by exploring the relationship between users and garments. Influenced by new technologies from fibres, manufacturing techniques, and surface coatings athletic apparel is changing. These technologies can influence the quality of daily pursuits, and by assessing psychological and physiological responses to physical activity, it’s possible to optimise garment performance. To that end, this paper presents a qualitative and quantitative analysis of thermal regulation and comfort perceptions within a controlled laboratory environment. A group of eleven healthy athletic female participants performed a twenty-minute high-intensity interval training running session (HIIT) and subsequent transition activity period. Participants had vitals monitored and were periodically prompted with specific questions to gauge their perceptions of effort, temperature, exertion, and comfort. The results suggest that perceptual differences are minor when evaluating apparel design during high-intensity exercise, and perhaps the efforts of garment design optimization would be best placed in an immediately subsequent activity type.
Keywords: HIIT; apparel; perceptive feedback; temperature; comfort; perceived performance; garment; textile interaction HIIT; apparel; perceptive feedback; temperature; comfort; perceived performance; garment; textile interaction
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Collins, P.K.; Purdie, R.; Hinck, K.; Leissner, C.; Scicchitano, B.; Gathercole, R.; Usma, C. Analysis of Thermal-Regulation and Comfort Associated with User Perceptions and Garment Performance. Proceedings 2018, 2, 231. https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2060231

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Collins PK, Purdie R, Hinck K, Leissner C, Scicchitano B, Gathercole R, Usma C. Analysis of Thermal-Regulation and Comfort Associated with User Perceptions and Garment Performance. Proceedings. 2018; 2(6):231. https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2060231

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Collins, Paul K., Rory Purdie, Kris Hinck, Chelsea Leissner, Bart Scicchitano, Robert Gathercole, and Clara Usma. 2018. "Analysis of Thermal-Regulation and Comfort Associated with User Perceptions and Garment Performance" Proceedings 2, no. 6: 231. https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2060231

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