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The Dynamic and Correlation of Skin Temperature and Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Male Endurance Runners

FPCEE-Blanquerna, Ramon Llull University, 34 Císter Street, 08022 Barcelona, Spain
Labsportsalud, Laboratory of Exercise Physiology, s/n Verge of Montserrat Street, 08040 Cornella, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(16), 2869;
Received: 21 July 2019 / Revised: 9 August 2019 / Accepted: 9 August 2019 / Published: 11 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Exercise and Human Temperature Regulation)
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During endurance exercise, skin temperature (Tsk) plays a fundamental role in thermoregulatory processes. Environmental temperature is the biggest determinant of the Tsk. During exercise, the response of the skin temperature might be influenced by aerobic fitness (VO2peak). The aim of this study was to analyze and compare the dynamic of Tsk in high (HF) and moderately (MF) fit endurance runners during a progressive maximal stress test. Seventy-nine male endurance runners were classified into HF (n = 35; VO2peak = 56.62 ± 4.31 mL/kg/min) and MF (n = 44; VO2peak = 47.86 ± 5.29 mL/kg/min) groups. Tsk and cardiovascular data were continuously monitored during an incremental exercise, followed by a recovery period of five minutes. Results revealed that the MF group exhibited lower VO2peak, Speedpeak, ventilation (VE), muscle mass %, and higher BMI and fat mass % than the HF group (all p < 0.001). HF had significantly higher Tsk at baseline, and at 60% and 70% of peak workload (all p < 0.05). Tskpeak correlated with age, fat mass %, muscle mass %, VO2peak, Speedpeak, HR and VE (all p < 0.05). These findings indicate that VO2peak was positively associated with increased Tsk during incremental exercise in male endurance runners. View Full-Text
Keywords: skin temperature; aerobic fitness; endurance skin temperature; aerobic fitness; endurance

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Galan-Carracedo, J.; Suarez-Segade, A.; Guerra-Balic, M.; Oviedo, G.R. The Dynamic and Correlation of Skin Temperature and Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Male Endurance Runners. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2869.

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