Heat Stress in Sport and Exercise

Thermophysiology of Health and Performance

  • Julien D. Périard
  • Sébastien Racinais

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. The Physiology of Heat Stress

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Andreas D. Flouris
      Pages 3-27
    3. Nicholas Ravanelli, Coen C. W. G. Bongers, Ollie Jay
      Pages 29-43
    4. Scott T. Chiesa, Steven J. Trangmar, Kazuhito Watanabe, José González-Alonso
      Pages 45-65
    5. Sébastien Racinais, Mohammed Ihsan, Julien D. Périard
      Pages 67-88
  3. Heat Illnesses and Countermeasures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Orlando Laitano, Michelle A. King, Lisa R. Leon
      Pages 91-112
    3. Louise M. Burke
      Pages 113-137
    4. Christopher J. Tyler
      Pages 139-157
    5. Sébastien Racinais, Michael Sawka, Hein Daanen, Julien D. Périard
      Pages 159-178
  4. Application to Specific Sports

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. William M. Adams, Luke N. Belval, Yuri Hosokawa, Andrew J. Grundstein, Douglas J. Casa
      Pages 203-218
    3. Michael F. Bergeron
      Pages 219-234
    4. Juan-Manuel Alonso, Jordan Santos
      Pages 235-243
    5. Julien D. Périard, Sébastien Racinais
      Pages 245-262
    6. Carl D. Bradford, David F. Gerrard, James D. Cotter
      Pages 263-281
    7. Clovis Chabert, Eric Hermand, Olivier Hue
      Pages 283-296

About this book


The book is designed to provide a flowing description of the physiology of heat stress, the illnesses associated with heat exposure, recommendations on optimising health and performance, and an examination of Olympic sports played in potentially hot environmental conditions. In the first section the book examines how heat stress effects performance by outlining the basics of thermoregulation and how these responses impact on cardiovascular, central nervous system, and skeletal muscle function. It also outlines the pathophysiology and treatment of exertional heat illness, as well as the role of hydration status during exercise in the heat. Thereafter, countermeasures (e.g. cooling and heat acclimation) are covered and an explanation as to how they may aid in decreasing the incidence of heat illness and minimise the impairment in performance is provided. A novel and particular feature of the book is its inclusion of sport-specific chapters in which the influence of heat stress on performance and health is described, as well as strategies and policies adopted by the governing bodies in trying to offset the deleterious role of thermal strain. Given the breadth and scope of the sections, the book will be a reference guide for clinicians, practitioners, coaches, athletes, researchers, and students.


Exertional heat illness Exercise in the heat Thermoregulation Dehydratation Hydration Cooling Heat acclimation Hyperthermia Heat stroke

Editors and affiliations

  • Julien D. Périard
    • 1
  • Sébastien Racinais
    • 2
  1. 1.Research Institute for Sport & ExerciseUniversity of CanberraCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Athlete Health and PerformanceAspetarDohaQatar

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-93514-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-93515-7
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