Shoulder Pads that Keep Players Safe from Overheating
Q: Why COOL Pads?
A: People are dying, and kids pass out when they get too hot on the football field on really hot days. We wanted to help football players stay safe, so we came up with something that can make the temperature right for them.
Q: Do I have to wear/use anything with
A: Yes. Many athletes like to wear fitted shirts and shorts under their gear. We have added small temperature sensors in the 'body heat loss areas' (head, neck, armpits, chest and groin) in these clothing items. These sensors detect changes in body temperature, which automatically activates COOL Pads' internal cooling system.
Q: How will COOL Pads help?
A: There are ice packs built into the shoulder pads. The temperature on the ice pack will spread all around the shoulder pads when activated. Less people will overheat in practice or games, so COOL Pads will save lives.
Q: How does heat exhaustion happen?
A: A lot of football players' body heat gets trapped under their football pads. No air gets in, so their body goes through changes. When you get too hot it become dangerous for your health.
Q: How are COOL Pads better than current
methods of treating heat exhaustion?
A: One of the main problems with players overheating is that when it takes a long time for them to get treatment, many health problems happen. With COOL Pads, the body gets immediate treatment, so the body never overheats.
Q: Are COOL Pads heavy?
A: They will be made of light weight material, so it won't cause the player to move slower in the game.
How will players stay hydrated?
A: There will be a pocket inside the shoulder pads that holds Gatorade for the player to drink when their COOL Pads are working.