Using Microtechnology to Monitor Thermal Strain and Enhance Performance in the Field

in International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance

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Gordon G. Sleivert
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Wireless microtechnologies are rapidly emerging as useful tools for sport scientists to move their work out of the laboratory and into the field. The purpose of this report is to describe some of the practical aspects of using ingestible radiotelemetric temperature sensors in sport physiology. Information is also presented to demonstrate the utility of this technology in understanding individual differences in coping with environmental stress, optimizing heat adaptation, and fine-tuning competition strategy (pacing). Wireless core-temperature technology has already revolutionized field monitoring of elite athletes training and competing in extreme environments. These technologies are valuable tools for sport scientists to better understand the interaction between the physiology of exercise and the environment.

The author is with Canadian Sport Centre Pacific Sport, 100-4636 Elk Lake Dr, Victoria, BC, Canada V8Z 5M1.

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