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Current knowledge on playing football in hot environments

Abstract : Facts -The capacity to exercise is markedly reduced in hot environments. -High humidity imposes further physiological strain on the body. -The combination of exercise and hot environments increases the risk of heat illness and heatstroke. Recommendations for players -Fluid intake should be sufficient to restrict body mass loss to o2% of the pre-exercise mass. -A minimum of 1-2 weeks of acclimatization should be undertaken before playing in a hot environment. Recommendations for organizers -Perform pre-participation screenings before competing in the heat. -Watch at-risk individual (e.g. sickle cell trait, vascular disease) and observe signs and symptoms if WBGT > 28°C. -Add additional fluid breaks and foresee medical coverage if WBGT > 30°C. -Reconsider event if WBGT > 32°C. Future research should investigate -The optimal cooling strategies prior and during sporting activities, i.e., halftime in football games. -The influence of acclimatization on football performance. -The impact of heat on decision making in players and match officials. -The impact of heat on spectators from cooler regions.
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Justin Grantham, Stephen S. Cheung, Philippe Connes, Mark A. Febbraio, Nadia Gaoua, et al.. Current knowledge on playing football in hot environments. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, Wiley, 2010, 20 (3), pp.161-167. ⟨hal-00706256⟩



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