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Sport and Physical Activity in the Heat

Maximizing Performance and Safety

  • Douglas J. Casa
  • A unique book describing all aspects and management of heat-related conditions for the athlete and active individual

  • Discusses physiology, key concepts, participant populations, monitoring, and medical and legal issues

  • An excellent resource for the sports medicine specialist and primary care physician


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Foundational Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Luke N. Belval, Lawrence E. Armstrong
      Pages 3-14
    3. Jonathan E. Wingo, Craig G. Crandall, Glen P. Kenny
      Pages 15-30
  3. Enhancing Exercise Heat Tolerance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. J. Luke Pryor, Christopher T. Minson, Michael S. Ferrara
      Pages 33-58
    3. William M. Adams, Brendon P. McDermott, Cyril Schmit, Glen P. Kenny
      Pages 59-81
    4. Matthew S. Ganio, Lawrence E. Armstrong, Stavros A. Kavouras
      Pages 83-100
    5. Riana R. Pryor, David Hostler, Earl R. Cooper, Andrew J. Grundstein
      Pages 101-111
    6. Gabrielle E. W. Giersch, William M. Adams, Rob Duffield
      Pages 113-124
    7. Lesley W. Vandermark, Santiago Lorenzo, Robert F. Chapman
      Pages 125-144
  4. Tools Available to Assist

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Yuri Hosokawa, Andrew J. Grundstein, Jennifer K. Vanos, Earl R. Cooper
      Pages 147-162
    3. Robert A. Huggins, William M. Adams, Mark J. Buller, David P. Looney
      Pages 163-189
    4. Elaine Choung-Hee Lee, Lisa R. Leon, W. Bruce Adams, Shawn M. Arent, Carl M. Maresh, Neil P. Walsh
      Pages 191-212
    5. Rebecca L. Stearns, Patricia A. Deuster, Josh Ben Kazman, Yuval Heled, Francis G. O’Connor
      Pages 213-227
  5. Populations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Ryan M. Curtis, Evan Johnson, Mark Kovacs
      Pages 231-256
    3. Julie K. Nolan, Courteney Benjamin, J. T. W. Ng, Yuri Hosokawa
      Pages 257-276
    4. Samantha E. Scarneo, Yuri Hosokawa, Luke N. Belval, Denise L. Smith, David Hostler
      Pages 277-290

About this book


This unique book is the first of its kind to specifically explore the science, medicine, challenges and successful experiences of assisting those who must perform and thrive in hot conditions, with an eye toward maximizing both performance and safety. Beginning with both human and comparative physiology as it relates to coping with the heat, key concepts are subsequently elaborated, including heat acclimatization, work-to-rest ratios, hydration, sleep, the effects of altitude, and the use of drugs and supplements. The sections that follow discuss heat-related considerations in individual and team sports and other populations, monitoring techniques, and medical and legal issues.

Athletes, warfighters and laborers are often forced to perform intense physical activity in the heat as a part of their jobs or lifestyle. The process of properly preparing for this challenge is multifaceted and often not fully understood or utilized. Sport and Physical Activity in the Heat is an excellent resource for team physicians, high-level coaches, serious athletes, athletic trainers, exercise scientists, strength and conditioning coaches, industrial hygienists, military commanders, or anyone involved in the process of maximizing performance and safety during exercise in the heat for the athlete, warfighter, or laborer.


Body cooling Heat acclimatization Heat exhaustion Heat stroke Heat-related illness Heavy labor Hydration Overexertion Physical activity Work-to-rest ratio

Editors and affiliations

  • Douglas J. Casa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Kinesiology Director, Athletic Training Education Research AssociateHuman Performance Laboratory College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources, University of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

About the editors

Douglas J. Casa, PhD, ATC, FNAK, FACSM, FNATA

Chief Executive Officer, Korey Stringer Institute

Professor, Department of Kinesiology

Director, Athletic Training Education

Research Associate, Human Performance Laboratory

College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources

University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT, USA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Sport and Physical Activity in the Heat
  • Book Subtitle Maximizing Performance and Safety
  • Editors Douglas J. Casa
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-70216-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09938-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-70217-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIV, 376
  • Number of Illustrations 22 b/w illustrations, 24 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sports Medicine
    Sport Science
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals


“This detailed book outlines the unique aspects of engaging in sports and physical activity in the heat. … This may be useful for providers treating athletes who normally compete in the heat. However, it is, perhaps, too detailed for typical providers, but would be an excellent resource for experts in this area.” (Jordan W Edwards, Doody's Book Reviews, April 19, 2019)