Practical Heat Alleviation
Many of the Environmental Extremes Laboratory team have contributed to the international body of literature around phenotypic adaptations to heat acclimation (HA) reflected in the 2017 British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Expert Statement: Interventions for Improving Performance in the Heat that Dr Neil Maxwell and former PhD Student Dr Oli Gibson co-authored.
Practical Heat Alleviation is at the heart of our research where we have tried to look to simple, cost-effective cooling methods that athletes as well as members of the public could use, since heat-alleviation is needed across health, occupation and sporting domains.
Our most recent vehicle for sharing our knowledge and experience around heat alleviation came for being commissioned by the English Institute of Sport to produce a resource pack that would form the basis to develop a Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Heat Strategy.
Dr Carl James has showed us the way on how to use the media to share his research, with studies linked to practical heat alleviation being recognised across a diverse range of media outlets.
New York Times
Canada’s Globe & Mail
The Spectator Health
A new angle to the Environmental Extremes Lab’s research that has gathered some momentum, is from the use of vinyl ‘sauna’ suits as a simple alternative to needing a heat chamber to drive heat adaptation. From the original work of Dr Jess Mee in her final PhD study, to research with sauna suits that Ash Willmott carried out in his own PhD and with the MDS runners, and then to Luke Holland’s MSc research project, we are gathering a good body of evidence of the efficacy that restricted heat loss with use of a sauna suit can offer in temperate and hot conditions.