HEAT AND DEHYDRATION DO NOT AFFECT SKILL PERFORMANCE
Smith, D. A., Kobus, J., & Quinlivan, C. (1997). The effects of heat and dehydration on the performance of elite archers. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 29(5), Supplement abstract 758.
Anecdotal evidence suggests a decrease in performance after prolonged heat exposure in skill-event athletes. This study investigated such an opinion in highly proficient archers.
Ss (M = 4, F = 4) from the Olympic Archery training squad completed a sport-specific 18-arrow shoot off before the following randomized two-hour climate chamber trials:
There were no differences in performance between the conditions despite physiological response differences between genders and the conditions.
Implication. A one-time exposure to hot and humid conditions combined with mild dehydration do not have a negative effect on archery performance. However, repeated exposures to heat and dehydration and their effects on skill performance have not been investigated.
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