Investigation into the thermal comfort and physiological adaptability of outdoor physical training in college students

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Author(s)

  • Tianwei Tang
  • Xiaoqing Zhou
  • Xiwen Feng
  • Weiwei Liu
  • Zhaosong Fang
  • Zhiming Zheng

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Article number155979
Journal / PublicationScience of the Total Environment
Volume839
Online published14 May 2022
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2022

Abstract

Over the last few decades, increase in global temperatures have led to a deterioration in the quality of open spaces, urban vitality, and public health. Strenuous physical training under hot conditions outdoors increases the potential for developing heat illnesses. It is therefore necessary to examine the relationships between human physiological indices, psychological responses, and outdoor thermal indices to predict and evaluate human thermal safety in hot environments. A 9-day experiment was conducted in September 2019, which tested the thermal comfort and cognitive ability of 1102 students. Their physiological parameters (Heart rate, Auditory canal temperature) were recorded before and after physical training. Results showed that there were significant differences in the thermal sensation vote before and after physical training. The classification of heat stress was modified based on the MTSV regression model and PET. The maximum acceptable PET was 23.0 °C before physical training and 21.7 °C after physical training. When PET ≥ 40.1 °C, a reduction in physical training intensity is recommended. When PET ≥ 45.7 °C, cessation of physical training should take place and sun exposure should be reduced to avoid health hazards. It is important to use the auditory canal temperature instead of the core temperature to calculate the physiological strain index (PSI). More than 15% of the subjects had a PSI ≥ 7.0 during the test. When the body is in a thermally neutral state (MTSV = −0.5– 0.5), PSI ≤ 2.0. When the MTSV ≥3.2, PSI ≥ 7.0, physical training intensity should be reduced, and warning information should be provided. According to the expected distribution of physical training time and rest time, it is recommended that the time of each physical training session should be within 30 min, with a resting period of more than 30 min in hot environments.

Research Area(s)

  • outdoor physical traning, thermal comfort, Physiological parameters, cognitive ability, PET, PSI

Citation Format(s)

Investigation into the thermal comfort and physiological adaptability of outdoor physical training in college students. / Tang, Tianwei; Zhou, Xiaoqing; Zhang, Yuchun; Feng, Xiwen; Liu, Weiwei; Fang, Zhaosong; Zheng, Zhiming.

In: Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 839, 155979, 15.09.2022.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review