An Analysis of Thermoregulatory Sweating and Heat Balance in American Football Linemen and Backs

An Analysis of Thermoregulatory Sweating and Heat Balance in American Football Linemen and Backs

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Title: An Analysis of Thermoregulatory Sweating and Heat Balance in American Football Linemen and Backs
Author: Deren, Tomasz
Abstract: This thesis examined why NCAA Division 1 American football “linemen” experience greater heat strain than “backs” during summer training camps. In study #1, exercise at a heat production of 350 W/m2 in a hot environment (Tdb:32.4±1.0ºC; Twb:26.3±0.6ºC) resulted in greater local sweating on the upper body (head, arm, shoulder and chest; all <0.05) and a greater core temperature (P=0.033) in linemen despite a ~25% lower heat production per unit mass (L:6.0±0.5 W/kg; B:8.2±0.8 W/kg). In study #2, greater convective and evaporative heat transfer coefficients (P<0.05) were found in backs during live summer training camp drills, but these did not lead to a greater dry heat transfer or evaporative capacity. However, the maximum metabolic rate per unit mass was lower in linemen due to differences surface area-to-mass ratio. In conclusion, the greater heat strain previously reported in linemen likely arises, in part, from differences in sweating efficiency and body morphology.  
Date: 2012
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/20644
Supervisor: Jay, Oliver
Faculty: Sciences de la santé / Health Sciences
Degree: MSc

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