Performing in the heat

Neil Maxwell, Carl A. James, Ashley Willmott

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Tests of human endeavour have assessed exercise performance since the Ancient Greeks who visually inspected their Spartan athletes. Today’s practitioners choose from a sophisticated array of physiological and performance-based tests. Hot environments exacerbate the physiological demands of exercise, often leading to performance impairments and/or a risk of heat-related illness (HRI). Consequently, there is an increasing need for practitioners to conduct heat stress testing and performance assessments, whilst considering the robustness, predictability, context and risk of protocols (Figure 14.2.1). This chapter aims to support evidence-based decision making of practitioners in selecting physiological tests for athletes who will perform in the heat.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSport and Exercise Physiology Testing Guidelines: Volume I – Sport Testing
Subtitle of host publicationThe British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Guide
EditorsRichard Davidson, Paul Smith, James Hopker, Michael Price, Florentina Hettinga, Gary Tew, Lindsay Bottoms
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge. Taylor & Francis
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781003045281
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2022


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