1st Edition

Maximising Performance in Hot Environments A Problem-Based Learning Approach

By Christopher Tyler Copyright 2019
    226 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    226 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Ensuring high levels of performance and safety in hot climates is a key consideration for sport scientists and coaches. Maximising Performance in Hot Environments is the first book with a project-based approach to focus solely on exercise in this common climactic condition, providing students and coaches with a clear and concise introduction to working with athletes in the heat. Rigorous in its physiological underpinnings, the book adopts a problem-based learning approach, encouraging students to engage with the science and apply it to practical, real-world scenarios.

    Posing questions such as "how should athletes be monitored in high temperatures", "what are the ideal conditions for setting a world record in a 10,000m race", and "what special considerations should be made when working with masters athletes", the book covers all key topics, including:

    • The basics of human thermoregulation
    • The effect of high temperatures on performance
    • Heat acclimation and acclimatisation
    • Cooling
    • Hydration
    • Preventing heat-related illness and injury

    Offering pedagogical features throughout to further enhance student learning, this is a truly innovative and unique resource. It is crucial reading for any student taking classes in environmental physiology, important applied reading for any exercise physiology students, and a vital companion for any sport scientist or coach working with athletes in high temperatures.

    1. Introduction

    2. Basics of Human Thermoregulation

    3. How Hot is Hot? Measuring Thermal Stress and Strain

    4. The Effect of High Ambient Temperatures on Exercise Performance

    5. The Effect of High Ambient Temperatures on Cognitive Function

    6. Heat Acclimation and Acclimatision

    7. Cooling

    8. (De)Hydration

    9. Heat-related Injury and Illness


    Christopher J. Tyler is an environmental physiologist at the University of Roehampton, UK. His main research interest focuses on the role that cooling interventions may play in improving exercise performance in hot conditions.