Effects of heat on running performance

Posted by Alan Mawdsley on 6 July 2020

My name is Laura, and I am currently studying for the Master of Science Sport and Exercise Physiology programme at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.

I will be conducting a study, for my dissertation, looking at the effects of heat on running performance in active male runners. The study is currently on hold with the current situation, however I am looking to put my study out there so that as soon as we get the go ahead I can start testing participants.

What are the criteria?

  • Male individuals.
  • Aged between 18 and 60 years old.
  • Healthy, and not under any medical investigation.
  • Regular runners.
  • Not using any performance enhancing supplementation.
  • Not acclimation (heat) trained.

How often would they need to attend?

  • 3 trials at the university laboratory, over 3 consecutive weeks.

What would they be involved in?

  • Lactate threshold test.
  • Maximal oxygen consumption test.
  • 15-minute standardised active warm-up in 30 °C heat.
  • Respiratory warm-up in 30 °C degree heat.
  • 3200 meter self-paced running time trial in 30 °C heat.

I was wondering whether you could mention my study to your runners, and see if they're interested in taking part in this study. For anyone that is interested I will provide more information and I am happy to answer any questions regarding the study.

For further information about the study please email me at 153026@live.stmarys.ac.uk.

Thank you in advance!
Kind regards,
Laura Bathe-Taylor

MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology student at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.

Tel: +44 7840 170267

Academic Email: 153026@live.stmarys.ac.uk


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