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Heat-related issues and practical applications for Paralympic athletes at Tokyo 2020

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posted on 13.05.2019 by Katharine E. Griggs, Ben T. Stephenson, Michael J. Price, Vicky Goosey-Tolfrey
International sporting competitions, including the Paralympic Games, are increasingly being held in hot and/or humid environmental conditions. Thus, a greater emphasis is being placed on preparing athletes for the potentially challenging environmental conditions of the host cities, such as the upcoming Games in Tokyo in 2020. However, evidence-based practices are limited for the impairment groups that are eligible to compete in Paralympic sport. This review aims to provide an overview of heat-related issues for Paralympic athletes alongside current recommendations to reduce thermal strain and technological advancements in the lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. When competing in challenging environmental conditions a number of factors may contribute to an athlete’s predisposition to heightened thermal strain. These include the characteristics of the sport itself (type, intensity, duration, modality and environmental conditions), the complexity and severity of the impairment and classification of the athlete. For heat vulnerable Paralympic athletes, strategies such as the implementation of cooling methods and heat acclimation can be used to combat the increase in heat strain. At an organisational level regulations and specific heat policies should be considered for several Paralympic sports. Both the utilisation of individual strategies and specific heat health policies should be employed to ensure that Paralympics athletes’ health and sporting performance are not negatively affected during competition in the heat at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

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School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Temperature

Volume

7

Issue

1

Pages

37 - 57

Citation

GRIGGS, K.E. ... et al, 2019. Heat-related issues and practical applications for Paralympic athletes at Tokyo 2020. Temperature, 7 (1), pp.37-57.

Publisher

© Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Temperature on 27 June 2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/23328940.2019.1617030.

Acceptance date

07/05/2019

Publication date

2019-06-27

ISSN

2332-8940

eISSN

2332-8959

Language

en

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