Thermoregulatory responses during competitive wheelchair rugby match play

Griggs, K.E. ORCID: 0000-0002-1962-9613, Havenith, G., Price, M., Mason, B.S. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L., 2017. Thermoregulatory responses during competitive wheelchair rugby match play. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 38 (03), pp. 177-183. ISSN 0172-4622

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine whether a player’s physical impairment or activity profile was related to the amount of thermal strain experienced during wheelchair rugby match play. 17 elite wheelchair rugby players played a competitive match, whilst activity profiles, measures of core and skin temperature, heart rate and perceptual responses were taken. Players were divided into 2 groups depending on their physical impairment: players with a cervical spinal cord injury, (n=10) or non-spinal related physical impairment (n=7). Total distance was lower (4 842±324 vs. 5 541±316 m, p<0.01, ES=2.2) and mean speed slower (1.13±0.11 vs. 1.27±0.11 m∙s−1, p<0.03, ES=1.3) in players with a spinal cord injury. Yet, the change in core temperature (1.6±0.4 vs. 0.7±0.3°C, p<0.01, ES=2.5) was significantly greater in players with a spinal cord injury. In conclusion, players with a spinal cord injury were under greater thermal strain during wheelchair rugby match play, as a result of their reduced heat loss capacity, due to their physical impairment and not because of their activity profile.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Sports Medicine
Creators: Griggs, K.E., Havenith, G., Price, M., Mason, B.S. and Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L.
Publisher: Georg Thieme
Date: 2017
Volume: 38
Number: 03
ISSN: 0172-4622
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1055/s-0042-121263DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 26 Oct 2018 10:06
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2018 10:06
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/34751

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