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Warm weather training at Portsmouth University

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Anybody interested in getting involved with a new study in the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Portsmouth, involving physiological and performance tests before and after a 10 day heat acclimation program?  If so, read the attached below from the Principal Investigator.

As part of research funded by the University of Portsmouth and UK Sport and a study as part of a PhD thesis, I am looking to recruit healthy male cyclists aged 18 and over to take part in a study, titled ‘Influence of permissive dehydration on heat acclimation and exercise performance in highly trained endurance athletes’. This experiment will enable us to understand how to make training more effective for endurance athletes.

I am looking for healthy male road cyclists who train regularly, a minimum of 5 times per week totaling over 5 hours per week, with no current musculoskeletal injury or acclimation to heat (within the last month). Volunteers would be asked to come to the laboratory at the University of Portsmouth to take part in a 10 day training program in the heat, with performance and physiology tests before and after. Different forms of exercise (including maximal exercise tests, time trials and cycling at a moderate intensity in a hot environment as part of an acclimation regime) will be completed during the protocol. These sessions will be done in a special laboratory where the environment can be controlled to simulate a hot environment. On each occasion several different measurements will be taken, including some blood samples.

On completion of this study volunteers will receive £100. Other beneficial opportunities include a maximal exercise test using a bike (VO2max and lactate threshold test), which is a good indicator of current fitness levels, and estimations of body fat percentage- a key health indicator. For those interested in thermal physiology, this study provides an opportunity to learn about the research methods used as well as helping us understand more about how different training environments can improve our endurance performance. The study will also serve as an indoor training facility to aid training during the winter months and may act as a simulated ‘warm-weather training’ camp.

The risks of this experiment have been minimized through full risk assessments and appropriate medical screening prior to testing will be carried out. The experiment is completely voluntary and run in a controlled environment with first-aid and medical provisions present. Participants will be fully briefed before testing to ensure you are comfortable and understand what you will be doing; you will have the option to withdraw at any time.

Please contact Becky Neal (Principle Investigator) for more information on taking part, on 023 92 84 5594 or rebecca.neal@port.ac.uk, or alternatively Jo Corbett (Supervisor) on 023 9284 3084 or jo.corbett@port.ac.uk.


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