Heat Acclimation For Team Sports

Heat Acclimation For Team Sports When sports competition takes place in hot temperatures, it can take a step off your performance. A study published in the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance offers an example of how Australian Rules Football players acclimated themselves to competing better when the heat's on.

Eighteen professional players took a heat acclimation and shuttle run test before and after 2 weeks of standardized training drills in 90 degree heat. A decrease in skin temperature, heart rate and sweat sodium concentration showed partial heat acclimation in all subjects, although player performance improvements varied by individual.

True Strength Moment: There's a long established rule in sports that very specific training will help a player become very proficient at that specific skill. This research suggests that training in the heat for a couple weeks will help you prepare for competing in hot conditions. Make sure you keep pace with hydration.
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