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Climate control: acclimatising to the heat

Climate control: acclimatising to the heat
Author: Lisa Yates, Sports Dietitian, The Coaches Edge Issue:Volume 27 Number 1 Exercising in hot, humid conditions when the body is not accustomed to it can place the body under great stress. The demand for circulation to working muscles, which are producing heat, overtakes the need for blood flow to the skin to transport heat away from the body. As a result, body temperature rises. Couple this with dehydration and the risks of heat illness, and poor performance increases. Athletes travelling overseas or to different climates should consider heat acclimatisation an important preparation strategy. What is heat acclimatisation? The benefits of heat acclimatisation have been known for many years (Robinson 1967). What are the benefits of being heat acclimatised? Acclimatisation produces: How can coaches ‘climate control’ their athletes? There is a variety of heat exposure protocols that can achieve heat acclimatisation. Frequency of exercise Exercise duration Exercise intensity References

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