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Thermoregulation in young athletes exercising in hot environments.

Bass, Shona and Inge, Karen 2001, Thermoregulation in young athletes exercising in hot environments., International sportmed journal for FIMS, vol. 2, no. 5, pp. 1-6.

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Title Thermoregulation in young athletes exercising in hot environments.
Author(s) Bass, Shona
Inge, Karen
Journal name International sportmed journal for FIMS
Volume number 2
Issue number 5
Start page 1
End page 6
Publisher International Federation of Sport Medicine
Place of publication South Africa
Publication date 2001
ISSN 1528-3356
Keyword(s) hyperthermia
fluid intake
children
Summary Children are less efficient thermoregulators than are adults. During exercise, sweat evaporation is the most important physiological means of cooling the body. The sweat response in children, however, is less efficient than in adults, so children dissipate less heat though evaporative sweating and more through convection (the loss of heat through the skin) plus radiation. Children and adolescents with high levels of body fat and heavy builds are more susceptible to heat stress because they dissipate body heat less efficiently. Maintaining adequate hydration is crucial for preventing heat stress, Although water is often described as the best choice of fluid, studies on voluntary drinking habits and flavor preferences in children and adolescents suggest that greater consumption occurs when sports drinks are offered instead of water. Although a child's sweat contains less sodium and chloride than an adult's does, there appears to be no evidence that a child's performance improves when given beverages more diluted than those currently recommended for adults, More information is necessary to identify the optimal electrolyte and carbohydrate content of sports drinks for young athletes.
Language eng
Field of Research 110604 Sports Medicine
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, International Federation of Sports Medicine
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001212

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health Sciences
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