“The colder the faster”: skin temperature and performance in elite athletes

“The colder the faster”: skin temperature and performance in elite athletes

18/03/2021 By: Ismael Fernández Cuevas y Víctor Escamilla Galindo Home

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🗣️ Thermohuman brings you the latest scientific outcomes, today: skin temperature and performance

👉 This publication made by Sebastian Racinais, Marco Cardinale, George Havenith and other renowned colleagues from @aspetar and other international institutions, analyzed the💧 hydration and ❄️ cooling in elite 🏃athletes during the last IAAF World athletic championships in Doha, Qatar (2019)

🏜️ This event was organized under extreme hot conditions (around 32ºC and 80% relative humidity).

Among other conclusions, the authors found that “pre-race skin temperature was correlated with faster race completion (r=0.32, p=0.046)”

Racinais et al. (2021)

🌡️ In addition to that, skin temperature was higher in non-finishers (33.8°C±0.9°C vs 32.6°C±1.4°C, p=0.017)

📸 🔥 The authors concluded that skin temperature modulation should be incorporated into pre-race strategies. Therefore, infrared thermography is an interesting tool to evaluate athletes and the cooling strategies before competition.


Racinais S, Ihsan M, Taylor L, et al. Hydration and cooling in elite athletes: relationship with performance, body mass loss and body temperatures during the Doha 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships British Journal of Sports Medicine Published Online First: 12 February 2021. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2020-103613

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