Core temperature responses in elite cricket players during Australian summer conditions

Stay, Sharon, Cort, Michelle, Ward, David, Kountouris, Alex, Orchard, John, Holland, Justin and Saw, Anna 2018, Core temperature responses in elite cricket players during Australian summer conditions, Sports, vol. 6, no. 4, doi: 10.3390/sports6040164.

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Title Core temperature responses in elite cricket players during Australian summer conditions
Author(s) Stay, Sharon
Cort, Michelle
Ward, David
Kountouris, Alex
Orchard, John
Holland, Justin
Saw, Anna
Journal name Sports
Volume number 6
Issue number 4
Article ID 164
Total pages 8
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2018-12-05
ISSN 2075-4663
Keyword(s) core temperature
exertional heat illness
Summary This study aimed to observe core temperature responses in elite cricket players under match conditions during the summer in Australia. Thirty-eight Australian male cricketers ingested capsule temperature sensors during six four-day first-class matches between February 2016 and March 2017. Core temperature (Tc) was recorded during breaks in play. Batters showed an increase in Tc related to time spent batting of approximately 1 °C per two hours of play (p < 0.001). Increases in rate of perceived exertion (RPE) in batters correlated with smaller elevations in Tc (0.2 °C per one unit of elevation in RPE) (p < 0.001). Significant, but clinically trivial, increases in Tc of batters were found related to the day of play, wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT), air temperature, and humidity. A trivial increase in Tc (p < 0.001) was associated with time in the field and RPE when fielding. There was no association between Tc and WBGT, air temperature, humidity, or day of play in fielders. This study demonstrates that batters have greater rises in Tc than other cricket participants, and may have an increased risk of exertional heat illness, despite exposure to similar environmental conditions.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/sports6040164
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2018, The Authors
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