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[ad_1] All those fist-banging hot dogs that dance in the NFL end zones have a new way to keep their cool: air-conditioned shoulder pads. Blowing cool, dry air under the soccer pads after vigorous exercise appears to keep core temperature low, reduce heart rate and make the player feel cooler, University of Florida researchers report. …

Cool, dry air circulating between the athlete and their football pads significantly lowers body temperature and heart rate, reducing the risk of heat-related illnesses, according to a study released July 10 at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine at the JW Marriott. Orlando Grande Lakes shows. The study found …