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Heat Acclimation for Special Populations

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Repeated exercise-heat exposure provides an adaptive response aimed at reducing thermal strain and increasing human performance. However, a ‘one size fits all’ approach may not be appropriate for all populations, such as disabled individuals, elite athletes, various ethnic groups, people working in hot ...

Repeated exercise-heat exposure provides an adaptive response aimed at reducing thermal strain and increasing human performance. However, a ‘one size fits all’ approach may not be appropriate for all populations, such as disabled individuals, elite athletes, various ethnic groups, people working in hot environments with restricted heat loss, or those with metabolic diseases. The effects of age and gender can also be remarkable. As more people travel from cooler to hotter climates, temperatures increase across the world, and more occupations require people to work in warmer environments, the need to understand how heat acclimation can alleviate thermal strain and enhance performance in all humans is warranted.

Despite its efficacy with recreational athletes and military personnel being highly researched, heat acclimation may be beneficial for several other populations for which limited research is available. As such, it is necessary to understand the physiological mechanisms underlying the adaptive process in these populations, and whether heat acclimation is beneficial for all populations. This Research Topic aims to increase our understanding if, and how heat acclimation can benefit specific populations.

Research from all areas of physiology investigating heat therapy, heat acclimation or acclimatization, whether passive or active, of a special population are welcome to submit a manuscript. This Research Topic is specifically interested in original research, review and systematic review articles, as well as methods and perspectives.


Keywords: exercise, heat stress, heat training, heat therapy, Heat acclimatization


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