The physiological response of men and women to cold water immersion following exercise-and-heat-induced hyperthermia

According to sport and occupational safety guidelines, the best treatment for severe exertional heat illnesses is cold water immersion. However, the research that has informed these treatment guidelines has predominantly been conducted on male participants. Few studies have examined the results of women during cold water immersion, thus how women respond to this treatment remains relatively unknown. Our aim is to expand our understanding of how best to treat active women who suffer from heat stroke (a life-threatening condition) with a particular focus on how women respond differently from men.

We are seeking endurance trained men and women from the Brisbane community to take part. Participation will involve completing one or two experimental trials consisting of exercise in the heat followed by immersion in cold water as well as a VO2max test, DXA body composition scan.

Click here to take the eligibility survey. If you are eligible for the project and are interested in participating, the research team will send you an email with further details.

For more information or question contact Kate Hutchins

Chief Investigators