Use of thermal imaging in sports medicine research: a short report

Joseph Costello, Ian B. Stewart, James Selfe, A. Karki, A. Donnelly

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The assessment of skin temperature (Tsk) in athletic therapy and sports medicine research is an extremely important physiological outcome measure. Various methods of recording Tsk, including thermistors, thermocouples and thermocrons are currently being used for research purposes. These techniques are constrained by their wires limiting the freedom of the subject, slow response times, and/or sensors falling off. Furthermore, as these products typically are directly attached to the skin and cover the measurement site, their validity may be questionable. This manuscript addresses the use and potential benefits of using thermal imaging (TI) in sport medicine research. Non-contact infrared TI offers a quick, non-invasive, portable and athlete-friendly method of assessing Tsk. TI is a useful Tsk diagnostic tool that has potential to be an integral part of sport medicine research in the future. Furthermore, as the technique is non-contact it has several advantages over existing methods of recording skin temperature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-98
JournalInternational SportMed Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes


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