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Thermoregulatory responses during competitive wheelchair rugby match play

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posted on 2016-11-11, 11:18 authored by Katy Griggs, George HavenithGeorge Havenith, Michael J. Price, Barry Mason, Vicky Goosey-TolfreyVicky Goosey-Tolfrey
The purpose of this study was to determine whether a player’s physical impairment or activity profile was related to the amount of thermal strain experienced during wheelchair rugby match play. Seventeen elite wheelchair rugby players played a competitive match, whilst activity profiles, measures of core and skin temperature, heart rate and perceptual responses were taken. Players were divided into two groups depending on their physical impairment; players with a cervical spinal cord injury, (n = 10) or non-spinal related physical impairment (n = 7). Total distance was lower (4842 ± 324 m vs. 5541 ± 316 m, p < 0.01, ES = 2.2) and mean speed slower (1.13 ± 0.11 m∙s-1 vs 1.27 ± 0.11 m∙s-1, p < 0.03, ES = 1.3) in players with a spinal cord injury. Yet, the change in core temperature (1.6 ± 0.4°C vs. 0.7 ± 0.3°C, p < 0.01, ES = 2.5) was significantly greater in players with a spinal cord injury. In conclusion, players with a spinal cord injury were under greater thermal strain during wheelchair rugby match play, as a result of their reduced heat loss capacity, due to their physical impairment and not because of their activity profile.



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International Journal of Sports Medicine


GRIGGS, K.E. ... et al, 2017. Thermoregulatory responses during competitive wheelchair rugby match play. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 38 (3), pp. 177-183.


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This paper was accepted for publication in the journal International Journal of Sports Medicine and the definitive published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1055/s-0042-121263




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