Infographic. Thermoregulatory impairment in athletes with a spinal cord injury

Katy Ellen Griggs, George Havenith, Michael J. Price, Victoria L. Goosey-Tolfrey

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    Presented in this infographic is a summary of studies investigating the thermoregulatory impairment of athletes with a spinal cord injury (SCI) during real-world sporting scenarios.1–3 The infographic depicts the heightened thermal strain experienced by athletes with tetraplegia (high-level lesions), both compared with athletes with paraplegia (low-level lesions) and within the sport of wheelchair rugby. In addition to the cooling interventions presented, the infographic highlights the significant need for appropriate interventions to reduce the risk of overheating and potential performance decrements.4 This infographic was field tested with those who work within a wheelchair sports environment, ranging from practitioners, researchers, athletes with an SCI and sports clinicians. The experimental studies were also designed in consultation with the wheelchair rugby coaches and players.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1305-1306
    Number of pages2
    JournalBritish Journal of Sports Medicine
    Issue number20
    Early online date4 Jan 2019
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2019


    • disability
    • exercise physiology
    • thermoregulation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
    • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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