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How Does a Tropical Climate Influence Psychological Functioning in Athletes?

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This Research Topic will focus on the impact of exposure to a hot and humid climate on the psychological functioning of specific populations (e.g., athletes, students in physical education, building workers, military, police, fire-fighters…). For example, sporting events of great importance (Olympic Games, world championship...) take place regularly in hot or humid conditions, which can seriously disturb the preparation and the performance of athletes.

It is well established that, combined with physical activity, a hot or humid climate has negative consequences, especially on prolonged aerobic exercise. The physiopathology of those effects (with or without physical effort) has been the focus of the majority of the available literature to date. The psychological part of the deleterious effects of hot or humid conditions has mainly been approached through perceptions (perceived exertion, thermal comfort) and cognitive abilities (e.g., reaction time, memory, attention). The effects on other psychological components such as psychological states (e.g., mood, self-confidence, motivation) have been explored less, especially in a humid climate.

In addition, numerous studies have addressed the moderating effects of certain objective components (e.g., active and passive acclimatization, hydration, level of expertise, equipment that limits evaporation) but no work, to date, has addressed the potential moderating effects of personality traits (e.g., self-esteem, optimism, achievement goals). This call for contributions is aimed at leading researchers to explore potential avenues for research regarding the deleterious effects of a hot or humid climate on the performance.”

All researchers in the field of exercise psychology or working with populations specifically exposed (building workers, military, police, fire-fighters) and whose proposal focuses on psychological and/or performance aspects are welcome to submit a manuscript. This Research Topic encourages original research and review articles as well as methods and perspectives.


Keywords: Heat, Tropical climate, Motivation, Personality traits, Sport


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

This Research Topic will focus on the impact of exposure to a hot and humid climate on the psychological functioning of specific populations (e.g., athletes, students in physical education, building workers, military, police, fire-fighters…). For example, sporting events of great importance (Olympic Games, world championship...) take place regularly in hot or humid conditions, which can seriously disturb the preparation and the performance of athletes.

It is well established that, combined with physical activity, a hot or humid climate has negative consequences, especially on prolonged aerobic exercise. The physiopathology of those effects (with or without physical effort) has been the focus of the majority of the available literature to date. The psychological part of the deleterious effects of hot or humid conditions has mainly been approached through perceptions (perceived exertion, thermal comfort) and cognitive abilities (e.g., reaction time, memory, attention). The effects on other psychological components such as psychological states (e.g., mood, self-confidence, motivation) have been explored less, especially in a humid climate.

In addition, numerous studies have addressed the moderating effects of certain objective components (e.g., active and passive acclimatization, hydration, level of expertise, equipment that limits evaporation) but no work, to date, has addressed the potential moderating effects of personality traits (e.g., self-esteem, optimism, achievement goals). This call for contributions is aimed at leading researchers to explore potential avenues for research regarding the deleterious effects of a hot or humid climate on the performance.”

All researchers in the field of exercise psychology or working with populations specifically exposed (building workers, military, police, fire-fighters) and whose proposal focuses on psychological and/or performance aspects are welcome to submit a manuscript. This Research Topic encourages original research and review articles as well as methods and perspectives.


Keywords: Heat, Tropical climate, Motivation, Personality traits, Sport


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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20 July 2020 Abstract
20 October 2020 Manuscript

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20 October 2020 Manuscript

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