Heat Training and Acclimatisation

The Northern Terriotry Institute of Sport (NTIS) is endorsed as a National Heat Training and Acclimatisation Centre (NHTAC).

The NTIS has collaborated with many sporting teams conducting research and devising practical strategies for competing in the hot conditions. Such sporting teams incude: AFL, Rugby League, V8 Supercar teams, Australia‚Äôs National Hockey Teams (Kookaburras and Hockeyroos),  Soccer Olyroos and Cricket Australia to assess the physiological and perceptual strain of elite athletes in the heat.

Data collection has been performed in a variety of locations including Beijing, China in the lead up to the 2008 Summer Olympics. Such data has provided the basis for a range of practical strategies to maximise performance in the heat and recovery strategies, establishing the NTIS as a leader in this field.

Equipment and Facilities

The NTIS utilises a comprehensive range of field-based monitoring equipment to analyse core body temperature and fluid balance during training and competition.  Complementing the field-based capabilities is a climate control chamber that can provide a wide range of environmental conditions through manipulation of ambient temperature and humidity. The chamber also has the ability to simulate solar radiation to produce a research environment that closely mimics competition conditions.

Oxygen consumption, regional sweat rate, cutaneous blood flow, core and skin temperature and fluid balance are among the variables measured within the climate control chamber. Adjacent to the chamber is a 1250L six to eight person spa interfaced with a 23kW chiller that is routinely set at sub-ambient temperatures for post training/ competition recovery sessions.

For further information phone (08) 89226811.