Journal article

Epidemiology of exertional heat illnesses in organised sports: A systematic review

Prasanna J Gamage, Lauren Fortington, Caroline F Finch

Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2020


OBJECTIVE: This systematic review summarises reports of the incidence of exertional heat illnesses (EHI) in organised sports, to examine any trends in the EHI incidence over time, and to describe EHI incidence based on sporting activity, geographic location, and type of EHI. METHOD: Three electronic databases (CINAHL, PubMed, SportDiscuss) were searched from inception to January 2019. Original data in all epidemiological studies (any design except case-studies and case-series) that reported EHI incidence data in organised sports, across all age categories, and published in an English language peer-reviewed journal were included. RESULTS: The primary search yielded 3556 results of which 62 st..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Author Prasanna J Gamage was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) stipend and RTP Fee Offset Scholarship through Federation University Australia. Aspects of this research are related to the work of the Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP), which s one of the IOC centres of research excellence for the prevention of injuries and promotion of health in athletes. Mr Myles Murphy is thanked for his assistance with quality assessment of additional publications.