Elite and competitive athletes participate in rigorous training loads and multiple competitions. The development of an equally rigorous recovery process is required to prevent overtraining and injury. Some strategies, such as hydration, cold water immersion, nutrition, and sleep are effective in their ability to counteract the fatigue mechanisms. Sleep quality is the most vulnerable prior to major competitive events, during periods of high-intensity training, and when exposed to the travel demands of competitions.

Slow-wave, or deep sleep, is believed to be essential for optimal recovery in athletes. Growth hormones are secreted during this phase, creating the optimum environment for anabolism. Anabolism is one of the processes in metabolism. 

"When athletes experience sleep deprivation, this reduces their slow-wave sleep, makes them feel sleepier during the day and starts to adversely affect their performance.” (1)

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine did a study, where they cooled the brains of 12 insomniacs to cool the prefrontal cortex. This cooling of the brain helped the insomniacs fall asleep —and stay asleep about as long—as adults without insomnia.


Oro Sports Cooling Headband cools the brain; for anxiety, heat safety, and insomnia.

 (1).Halson S (2014). Sleep in Elite Athletes and Nutritional Interventions to Enhance Sleep. Sports Med. 44 (Suppl 1):13-23.

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A really quality product!

I’m a 28 year old woman from Brisbane, Australia who suffers from Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) and practices ballet. The combination of Brisbane weather and serious heat intolerance means a hot day can be absolutely debilitating for me. I found the Oro sports vest because I was looking for something that wasn’t too bulky and would not embarrass me if I wore it in public or at ballet class. This product is really good, not only does it look great and is really well made structurally but the gel inserts keep me cool for hours, even without aircon.
If I had to find fault with the vest it would be that it is designed as unisex and does not take a woman’s chest into account. On me it does not cool my entire front uniformly as my chest distorts the shape. But this is just nitpicking, the vest still works great. The only cool vests available in Australia are made for construction workers so I was really excited to see something designed specifically for sport (the freedom of movement is great!)

Ultra Runner

"The Oro Sports Maximo Cool vest has been a great resource for me on my recovery runs in Savannah, GA. The vest keeps me cool while training directly on my skin below my HOKA ONE ONE training gear without chafing. Topical cooling is very important in long ultraraces. I would recommend using this vest for the hottest parts of the day in events like Western States 100 and Javelina Jundred."

Patrick Reagan
HOKA ONE ONE and GU Energy Labs Professional Ultrarunner

Awesome headbands!


Small product big results

with the heat waves in cali, compounded with all the wild fires and heavy smoke.. its hard to keep cool! The headband got my whole body to cool off in just a few minutes.. im blown away.. i can think of so many people that could benefit! Great product!