Survey on use, knowledge & perceptions of heat acclimation & associated nutritional strategies by professional athletes & practitioners

4th August 2020

Survey on use, knowledge & perceptions of heat acclimation & associated nutritional strategies by professional athletes & practitioners

Dr Lee Taylor (a BASES accredited member and Chair of the Awards Committee) and colleagues from the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University, as well as researchers from the Canadian Sporting Institute Pacific (Institut Canadien Du Sport Pacifique), Brazilian Olympic Committee (Comitê Olímpico do Brasil), Research Centre in Sports Sciences, Health Sciences, and Human Development (CIDESD) and Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, invite all professional athletes and practitioners to complete their survey regarding ‘Use, knowledge and perceptions of heat acclimation and associated nutritional strategies by professional athletes and practitioners’.

The topic is an important and high-profile one, given that Tokyo 2020(1) is widely predicted to be the hottest (and likely most humid) modern Olympics to-date. Heat acclimation is established as the gold-standard and most important countermeasure to protect against heat-mediated performance decrements whilst offering some protection against heat-illnesses. However, translating this evidence into practice is not without barriers for professional athletes and practitioners. Therefore, the global research team are seeking to understand professional athletes and practitioners ‘use, knowledge and perceptions of heat acclimation and associated nutritional strategies by professional athletes and practitioners’.

The ethically approved questionnaire should take 10-15 minutes to complete, and its objectives are to improve and benefit current heat acclimation practices and supporting nutritional strategies (particularly their translation from theory to practice). The survey is available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian) and Arabic. The data is intended to be published in a peer-reviewed journal in due course.

To complete the survey, please go to this Loughborough University hosted Qualtrics link (https://tinyurl.com/yynvx5vl) which has all language options available (via drop down menu in top right hand corner of webpage). Please note – it may take about 30 seconds to load the Qualtrics page.

Ethical approval has been granted to recruit via BASES.

Thank you for your time.

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