UCT/ MRC Research Unit for Exercise Science and SISSA is investigating exercise-induced heatstroke (EIH).
- Runners (capable of running 10km under 65 minutes) eager to aid in discovering the causes of EIH.
- Runners (capable of running 10km under 65 minutes), who have previously experienced EIH (confirmed by a doctor) and who are willing to find out more about its causes.
- Regular runner (3x times a week): 18-45 years of age
- Be able to visit the Sports Science Institute of South Africa 5 times
- Testing includes:
1) medical examination and questionnaire
2) 15ml x blood and urine samples per visit
3) 4 x 10km time trials in varying environmental and nutritional conditions on a treadmill in the environmental chamber
4) 4 x ingestion of disposable temperature monitoring pills
5) genetic testing (heatstroke patients only)
6) 1 x muscle biopsy (if willing, both groups)
Benefits to recruits
- General medical examination and anthropometric measurements by a qualified doctor.
- Non-EIH individuals gain insight into various aspects of their bodies’ physiological responses to exercise i.e. thermoregulatory, immunological and other, which may assist in optimising future training strategies.
- EIH individuals will receive medical, physiological and genetic tests, which aim at explaining the reasons for their previous susceptibility to EIH and assessing their current state of heat tolerance.
- Muscle fibre analysis, including fibre type determination (if muscle biopsy taken)
Sports Science Institute of South Africa, Cape Town
Cut off date
30 November 2009
Dr Caroline D’Alton at firstname.lastname@example.org (preferably) or 0847468543.