Heat Illness in Sport and Exercise

Heat Illness in Sport and Exercise  
Prepared by  Prepared by: Dr Ralph Richards, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse for Sport, Australian Sports Commission
evaluated by  Evaluation by: Dr Chris Abbiss, Associate Professor, School of Exercise and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University (January 2016)
Reviewed by  Reviewed by network: Australian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN)
Last updated  Last updated: 13 February 2017
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Introduction

Australia is synonymous with summer and with sport. When these two extremes, hot environmental conditions and vigorous exercise, are combined it can produce a health and safety risk. Increases in the net-heat gain of the body, through metabolic and environmental influences, may compromise health and impair endurance performance.

This portfolio provides information for all sport-sector members so that participation in sport and exercise in hot conditions can be done in a safe manner. This information is intended to increase awareness of the risk to health and performance, and guide practice so that heat-related illnesses can be avoided.


Key Messages 

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Although the incidence of exertional heat stroke is rare, sporting bodies and event organisers are encouraged to understand the risk factors and have a clear policy regarding the risk of heat illness during competition and other sport participation.




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