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Ergonomics. 2018 May;61(5):729-735. doi: 10.1080/00140139.2017.1387291. Epub 2017 Oct 9.

Characterisation of regional skin temperatures in recreational surfers wearing a 2-mm wetsuit.

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1
a Department of Kinesiology , California State University San Marcos , San Marcos , CA , USA.
2
b Nike Sport Research Laboratory , Nike, Inc. , Beaverton , OR , USA.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate skin temperatures across surfers' bodies while wearing a wetsuit during recreational surfing. Forty-six male recreational surfers participated in this study. Participants were instrumented with eight wireless iButton thermal sensors for the measurement of skin temperature, a Polar RCX5 heart rate monitor and a 2-mm full wetsuit. Following instrumentation, participants were instructed to engage in recreational surfing activities as normal. Significant differences (p < 0.001) in skin temperature (Tsk) were found across the body while wearing a wetsuit during recreational surfing. In addition, regional skin temperature changed across the session for several regions of the body (p < 0.001), and the magnitude of these changes varied significantly between regions. We show for the first time that significant differences exist in skin temperature across the body while wearing a wetsuit during a typical recreational surfing session. These findings may have implications for future wetsuit design. Practitioner Summary: This study investigated the impact of wearing a wetsuit during recreational surfing on regional skin temperatures. Results from this study suggest that skin temperatures differ significantly across the body while wearing a 2-mm wetsuit during recreational surfing. These findings may have implications for future wetsuit design.

KEYWORDS:

Thermal comfort; clothing design and testing; physiology; sports ergonomics

PMID:
28962544
DOI:
10.1080/00140139.2017.1387291
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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