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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