Tag: heat acclimation
Do females acclimate differently to the heat than males?
While heat acclimation (HA) protocols have traditionally lasted ~10 days, it has been suggested that short term (< 7 days) HA may provide physiological adaptations resulting in performance benefits for male athletes. However, this may not be the case for female athletes!
Physiological changes to heat acclimation
Heat acclimation is an additional strategy competitive athletes may use while preparing for an endurance event taking place in hot/humid conditions. The process of heat acclimation involves adapting to thermal stress via increase in core temperature and sweating through repeated exposure to an artificial environment (heat chamber, hot tub, sauna).
How Does Heat Affect Female Athletes?
Females have a reduced sweat gland activity compared to males, which limits evaporative heat loss and may cause additional heat stress during exercise.