Preparing for heat and humidity

Thursday 9th May 14:40 - 15:30

One of the biggest challenges facing athletes during the next Olympics in Tokyo will be the heat and humidity they will compete in, especially for endurance sports. Approaches will differ for each sport and will be personalised to each individual athlete. What preparations, technology and innovative approaches can be implemented to assist physiological adaption for performance gains in heat and humidity. As well as heat acclimation, what will be the necessary cooling strategies during and post competition?

Dr Oli Gibson, Lecturer in Physiology at Brunel University, London

Performance - day 2 - Preparing for heat and humidity

Dr Oliver Gibson is a Lecturer in Physiology within the Division of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at Brunel University London. Oliver was awarded his Ph.D from the University of Brighton in 2015 following undergraduate and postgraduate study at the institution where he obtained MSc Sport and Exercise Physiology, PGCE Post Compulsory Education, and BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degrees.

Oliver’s doctoral research investigated the physiological and cellular/molecular responses to heat stress, with particular focus on the implications the conferred adaptations have on subsequent systemic hypoxia – a concept known as Cross Adaption.

Oliver has published ~50 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference presentations in the field of Exercise and Environmental Physiology primarily focused upon the acute and chronic responses to heat stress including heat acclimation and pre-cooling with a focus on improving physiological responses and performance. In addition to this heat centric work, Oliver has also published experimental work in areas such as intermittent sprint performance, training in hypoxia, ergogenic aids to improve endurance performance, and whole body metabolism in the field and the laboratory.

Innovative approaches to heat acclimation and cooling strategies

Dr Oli Gibson, Lecturer in Physiology at Brunel University, London

Applying the research in practice - performing in heat and humidity

Dr Gareth Turner, Physiologist at British Rowing / English Institute of Sport