Journal article

Risk perceptions for exertional heat illnesses in junior cricket in Sri Lanka

Prasanna Janaka Gamage, Lauren Victoria Fortington, Caroline F Finch

BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2019

Abstract

Objectives: Exertional heat illnesses (EHI) can occur when sport is played in hot and humid environments, such as those common across Asia. Measures to reduce the risk of EHI are important; however, causal data on EHI occurrence are limited and challenging to capture. To gain an initial understanding of EHI risks, we aimed to assess the risk perceptions of EHI of youth cricketers. Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional survey, comprised of 14 questions on EHI risks, was conducted with 365 Sri Lankan junior male cricketers (age=12.9±0.9 years) who typically play in hot and humid conditions. Results: For climate related risks, relative humidity was perceived as having a low risk of EHI compare..

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Funding Acknowledgements

PJG was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) stipend and RTP Fee-Offset Scholarship through Federation University Australia.