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    Warm-Up Efficacy in Alpine Conditions

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    The purpose of this study was to investigate whether a warm-up program designed for downhill skiing, performed on the snow, did in fact “warm-up” the body.

    Eight recreational skiers were randomly allocated and participated in both the experimental (warm-up followed by skiing for 90 min) and control conditions (skiing for 90 min). Measures of rectal (Tre) and skin temperature (Tsk), heart rate (HR), and flexibility were taken. The main analyses used were planned contrasts on repeated measures ANOVA.

    Participation in the warm-up program resulted in significant increases in: Tre (df = 1,6; F = 8.196; p = 0.0076); HR (df = 1,7; F = 32.972; p = 0.0001); and flexibility (df = 1,6; F = 10.145; p = 0.0034) when compared to the control condition. These findings demonstrate that the program was effective in warming up the body.


    deep body temperature, skin temperature, downhill skiing, heart rate, warm-up

    Author Information:

    Whelan, K
    Lecturer, The University of Sydney, Lidcombe, New South Wales

    Gass, E
    Planning head, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Griffith University, PMB 50 Gold Coast Mail Centre, Queensland,

    Moran, C
    Senior lecturer, School of Social Work, University of New South Wales, Anzac Pde Kensington, New South Wales

    Committee/Subcommittee: F27.85

    DOI: 10.1520/STP12357S