ACCLIMATION TO HEAT CAN BE ACHIEVED IN FIVE DAYS
Liang, M. T., & Chen, C. Y. (2000). Skin blood flow after 5 days of heat exposure and exercise in top-level athletes. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 32(5), Supplement abstract 454.
Skin blood flow responses after five days of training in the heat (37.9 degrees Celsius) were examined in top-level badminton and table tennis players. Experimental and control groups were formed. Exercise was on a cycle ergometer for 25 minutes on the first day with five more minutes added each succeeding day.
Favorable skin blood flow responses that improved temperature regulation when exercising in the heat were evidenced in heat acclimated group.
Implication. Five days is sufficient to improve acclimation to heat in top-level athletes.
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