Human temperature regulation during cycling with moderate leg ischaemia

A. Kacin, P. Golja, O. Eiken, Mike Tipton, J. Gorjanc, I. Mekjavic

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The effect of graded ischaemia in the legs on the regulation of body temperature during steady-state exercise was investigated in seven healthy males. It was hypothesised that graded ischaemia in the working muscles increases heat storage within the muscles, which in turn potentiates sweat secretion during exercise. Blood perfusion in the working muscles was reduced by applying a supra-atmospheric pressure (+6.6 kPa) around the legs, which reduced maximal working capacity by 29%. Each subject conducted three separate test trials comprising 30 min of steady-state cycling in a supine position. Exercise with unrestricted blood flow (Control trial) was compared to ischaemic exercise conducted at an identical relative work rate (Relative trial), as well as at an identical absolute work rate (Absolute trial); the latter corresponding to a 20% increase in relative workload. The average (SD) increases in both the rectal and oesophageal temperatures during steady-state cycling was 0.3 (0.2)°C and did not significantly differ between the three trials. The increase in muscle temperature was similar in the Control (2.7 (0.3)°C) and Absolute (2.4 (0.7)°C) trials, but was substantially lower (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-200
Number of pages14
JournalEuropean Journal of Applied Physiology
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2005


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