Australian football league in tropical Australia

Marsden, J.F., Finn, J.P., Wood, R.J., Australian football league in tropical Australia, Proceedings of the Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, 2001: A Sports Medicine Odyssey challenges, controversies and change.

Measurements of environmental conditions, heart rate, typmanic temperature and changes in body weight were made during Australian Rules Football (AFL) matches played in the tropical north of Australia (Darwin).

The findings highlighted the importance of radiant heat in the evaluation of environmental stress. Even though the conditions in the tropics are “hot and humid” and the intensity was high, there was no significant core temperature elevation in the later games (after sunset). No significant heat stress was noted with visiting players. There are implications for young players in the heat.

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