The Effect of Body Composition on Sweat Rate and Core Temperature in Female Runners
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The purpose of this study is to examine the affects of percent body fat on sweat rate and core temperature in women ages 18-55 who are competitive runners. Specifically, this study will answer the question: how does body fat effect core temperature and sweat rate in female runners? It is hypothesized that as body fat increases, sweat rate and core temperature will also increase. The first session included body fat measurements and maximal aerobic testing. The second session included running in a heat controlled environment for 60 minutes at 70% of maximal aerobic test. The results of this study indicate that there is no significant relationship between body fat and sweat rate and no significant relationship between body fat and core temperature. The average sweat rate in this investigation was 0.782 L/hr. It is concluded that the human body can regulate core temperature regardless of weather conditions.