Playing sports is good for your body, and therefore your health. However, at some point–especially if the sport involves extensive physical movement, you probably feel the need to cool down even for a while as your body temperature is getting too hot for you to continue playing. It is for this reason that cooling towels are made. 

Cooling towels basically cool down your body temperature so that you will instantly feel refreshed for the next game. Typically, they provide excellent ventilation, and are long enough to cover your head, neck and other parts of the body that are prone to heating up. At least a few can even absorb sweat as well.

The following list below features some of the best cooling towels that you can effectively use when playing any of your favorite sport/s. Without further ado, here are 12 of the most effective cooling towels for sports:

1. Chill Pal Mesh Cooling Towel
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The Chill Pal Mesh Cooling Towel is simple to use: just soak and rinse before using it to cool off after playing outdoor sports! This cooling towel has built-in evaporators that keep it cold for longer periods of time, and has a unique mesh design that makes it easy to fold and store when not in use.

2. Chill Pal PVA Cooling Towel
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Made of high-grade and extra-thick PVA, the Chill Pal PVA Cooling Towel can hold enough water to keep it cool for long; the more water that is stored, the longer the towel evaporates and, in turn, the longer it stays cool. It is perfect if you want to cool down for longer periods of time after a game.

3. Mission EnduraCool Microfiber Cooling Towel
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The Mission EnduraCool Microfiber Cooling Towel can cool up to 30 degrees below average body temperature when wet, staying cool for hours, and is soft and absorbent when dry. Available in 21 designs and colors, this reusable and machine-washable cooling towel also features UPF50 sun protection--perfect if you are playing sports outdoors.

4. Mission EnduraCool Techknit Cooling Towel
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The Mission EnduraCool Techknit Cooling Towel is a perfect companion especially if you are an elite-level athlete! Made of polyester and nylon, the cooling properties of this cooling towel are activated simply by soaking it with water before wringing out the excess and snapping it into the air afterwards.

5. Your Choice Cooling Towel
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The Your Choice Cooling Towel can be worn in many ways; it can be draped over your shoulders, or over your neck as a makeshift scarf! Available in eight different colors on Amazon, this eco-friendly cooling towel is made of high-density mesh fiber, and comes with a bonus drawstring carrying bag.

6. Chill Pal Microfiber Cooling Towel
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The Chill Pal Microfiber Cooling Towel offers you a softer and more fashionable option as it provides the same cooling effect with a softer touch. It is an ideal option if you want to play outdoor sports for longer periods of time, and can be worn in many ways.

7. Tough Outdoors Cooling Towel
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The Tough Outdoors Cooling Towel is ideal for outdoor sports and other activities as it keeps you cool even under the hottest weather conditions! Available in 10 different colors, it is packed with UPF50 sun protection that keeps you comfortable while you are outside.

8. RiptGear Instant Cooling Towel
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Available in four colors, the RiptGear Instant Cooling Towel decreases your body temperature quickly and effectively, allowing you to stay cool for hours as it cools down up to 35 degrees below average body temperature. It is made from a soft and lightweight microfiber mesh, allowing you to fold and store it when not in use.

9. Alfamo Cooling Towel
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Available in four sizes, the Alfamo Cooling Towel is absorbent and breathable as the mesh fabric retains water absorbed for cooling effect. Featuring high-quality edge stitching, it comes with a waterproof carrying case and a matching carabiner clip 
that can be attached to your sports bag or backpack.

10. Polygon Instant Cooling Towel
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Available in 10 colors, the Polygon Instant Cooling Towel is free of harmful chemicals so it is both safe and versatile to use. Not only does it cool your body after a round of your favorite sport, but even absorbs sweat from your body as well.

11. Willceal Cooling Towel
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Made of 100% soft and cool bamboo microfiber, the Willceal Cooling Towel can be used as a makeshift bandana or headband when you are playing outside! This 40-by-12-inch cooling towel is chemical-free, features 98% UV isolation that protects your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays, and can be brought anywhere you go.

12. Grounded Sport Cooling Towels
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Made from a polyester and nylon microfiber blend, the Grounded Sport Cooling Towels are not like traditional gym towels as not only are they light, thin and compact, but are also longer and narrower. These 12-by-39-inch towels function as both normal and dry gym towels, and cooling towels that lower your body temperature, helping you stay longer.