The effect of environmental temperature on exercise metabolism

Febbraio, Mark Anthony (1993) The effect of environmental temperature on exercise metabolism. PhD thesis, Victoria University of Technology.


The endurance capacity of individuals is diminished during exercise in the heat, such that heat stress leads to an earlier onset of fatigue. Chronic exposure to hot conditions, however, may reverse this process. Exercise in cool conditions can either improve or reduce exercise tolerance depending on the severity of the environmental temperature and/or the intensity of the exercise. Research examining the effect of exercise in different ambient temperatures on muscle metabolism, in particular carbohydrate metabolism, has produced conflicting results. The definitive mechanisms whereby exercise in different environmental conditions affects muscle metabolism have yet to be determined. The studies reported in this dissertation examined muscle metabolism during exercise in different environmental conditions and in different states of heat acclimation. Furthermore, possible mechanisms proposed for such metabolic alterations were investigated.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Biomedical and Health Sciences
Historical > FOR Classification > 0304 Medicinal and Bimolecular Chemistry
Keywords Muscles, Metabolism, heat, exercise
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