Exercising in a Hot Environment and How the Body Adjusts to High Altitude
Heat acclimation strategy for improved exercise performance during acute exposure to hypobaria
This study enrolls healthy, physically-active adults. The purpose of this study is to learn if exercising in a hot environment can better help the body adjust to higher altitudes where the air is thinner. Travel to higher altitudes takes weeks for the body to adjust, however, military personnel may not have enough time to adjust. This study may lead to valuable information that can benefit our troops.
This study takes place over 18 visits over 3-4 weeks, each ranging from 1-2 hours (a total of 37.5-43 hours). The first visit will consist of a medical and fitness screen where you will be introduced to a stationary exercise bicycle. Other visits will include riding the bicycle in a room temperature, hot, or high altitude (hypobaric chamber) simulated environment. This study takes place at the University at Buffalo Center for Research and Education in Special Events (CRESE) Labs at UB’s South Campus.
This study is to determine the extent to which a 10-day heat acclimation improves exercise performance time to exhaustion during a simulated acute altitude exposure of 2438 m (8000 ft) when compared to control acclimation. This is also to describe the mechanisms that are beneficial to cross-adaptation as well as report the time line of beneficial decay of cross-adaptation.
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Healthy males aged 18-29
Physically-active and in good fitness
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