The Effect of Heat Stress on Health and Performance
Keywords:Athlete Performance, Heat Stress, Athlete Health, Performance Enhancing
Objectives: Sport practitioners are required to prepare athletes for competition in hot and humid environments in the effort to preserve health during severe heat stress. For this reason special attention towards developing proactive approaches in the effort to negate symptoms of heat illness and mitigate decrements in performance is becoming a prevalent practice. As such these techniques and approaches warrant further examination in the effort to provide evidence based recommendations for integrated support staff and athletes. This review discusses the physiological alterations recognized when exercising in the heat, its concomitant potential adverse health outcomes along with examining the effectiveness of popular pre cooling strategies for preserving athletic performance
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