Football performance in the heat

Julien PERIARD, Sebastien Racinais

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Football (i.e., soccer) is played in varied climatic conditions throughout the world to which professionals and recreational players alike must adapt. In the Middle East, ambient temperature can rapidly increase above 40°C and humidity can further enhance the harshness of the environment. In Europe, matches are held throughout the year in conditions that range from warm and humid, to cold and damp. In recent years, the physiological, metabolic and nutritional demands of the game have been thoroughly described, along with the thermoregulatory requirements associated with playing in various environmental conditions. The plethora of literature regarding football has allowed for greater insight as to how match-play may be altered under heat stress. It has also led to the development of interventions to enhance performance in the heat. This brief review will address the most recent football literature regarding the influence of heat stress on football performance. Specifically, the review will describe the alterations that occur during match-play in response to the development of hyperthermia and examine how heat acclimatisation may improve or help maintain performance. Furthermore, insight into how heat stress impacts match-play characteristics will be discussed
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScience of Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity in the Tropics
EditorsA Edwards, A Leicht
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherNova Science Publishers Inc
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781631177392
ISBN (Print)9781631177378
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


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