Effects of wearing protective clothing on the thermoregulatory characteristics of junior surf lifesavers

Sinclair, Wade H., Crowe, Melissa J., Spinks, Warwick L., and Leicht, Anthony S. (2004) Effects of wearing protective clothing on the thermoregulatory characteristics of junior surf lifesavers. In: Proceedings of the Inaugural Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science National Conference, p. 1. From: Inaugural Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science National Conference, 14-16 April, 2004, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

Prepubescent children are disadvantaged when exercising in hot environments due to age and maturation related differences when compared to adults. Children produce greater metabolic heat, have a reduced sweating capacity and cardiac output and experience a greater potential for heat influx when ambient temperatures exceed that of the skin. Previous studies investigating thermoregulatory responses of prepubescent children have predominantly explored hot/dry environments with limited research in hot/humid environments or exercising in clothing under any climatic conditions. A unique situation exists for north Queensland surf lifesavers, in which they are compelled to wear full-length protective suits to prevent potentially fatal marine stinger envenomation. This research evaluates the thermoregulatory responses in situ, of prepubescent junior surf lifesavers exercising in hot and humid conditions while wearing tight fitting protective clothing. This research explores the hypothesis that thermoregulatory characteristics of prepubescent surf lifesavers increase while exercising in a hot/humid environment wearing tight fitting protective clothing.

Item ID: 15964
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: stinger suit, exercise responses, adolescents
ISBN: 978-1-876674-76-2
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2012 06:16
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology @ 80%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920405 Environmental Health @ 40%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences @ 60%
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