Solar radiation and the validity of infrared tympanic temperature during exercise in the heat

Hidenori Otani, Mitsuharu Kaya, Akira Tamaki, Yuri Hosokawa, Jason K.W. Lee

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Abstract

We investigated the validity of infrared tympanic temperature (IR-Tty) during exercise in the heat with variations in solar radiation. Eight healthy males completed stationary cycling trials at 70% peak oxygen uptake until exhaustion in an environmental chamber maintained at 30°C with 50% relative humidity. Three solar radiation conditions, 0, 250 and 500 W/m2, were tested using a ceiling-mounted solar simulator (metal-halide lamps) over a 3 × 2 m irradiated area. IR-Tty and rectal temperature (Tre) were similar before and during exercise in each trial (P > 0.05). Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient (rs) demonstrated very strong (250 W/m2, rs = 0.87) and strong (0 W/m2, rs = 0.73; 500 W/m2, rs = 0.78) correlations between IR-Tty and Tre in all trials (P < 0.001). A Bland-Altman plot showed that mean differences (SD; 95% limits of agreement; root mean square error) between IR-Tty and Tre were − 0.11°C (0.46; − 1.00 to 0.78°C; 0.43 ± 0.16°C) in 0 W/m2, − 0.13°C (0.32; − 0.77 to 0.50°C; 0.32 ± 0.10°C) in 250 W/m2 and − 0.03°C (0.60; − 1.21 to 1.14°C; 0.46 ± 0.27°C) in 500 W/m2. A positive correlation was found in 500 W/m2 (rs = 0.51; P < 0.001) but not in 250 W/m2 (rs = 0.04; P = 0.762) and 0 W/m2 (rs = 0.04; P = 0.732), indicating a greater elevation in IR-Tty than Tre in 500 W/m2. Percentage of target attainment within ± 0.3°C between IR-Tty and Tre was higher in 250 W/m2 (100 ± 0%) than 0 (93 ± 7%) and 500 (90 ± 10%; P < 0.05) W/m2. IR-Tty is acceptable for core temperature monitoring during exercise in the heat when solar radiation is ≤ 500 W/m2, and its accuracy increases when solar radiation is 250 W/m2 under our study conditions.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Biometeorology
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019 Jan 1

Keywords

  • Core temperature
  • Heat stress
  • Physical activity
  • Sunlight

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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