For athletes to compete safely and as effectively as possible in warm to hot conditions, numerous interventions such as heat acclimation and modifications to pace and nutritional strategies are necessary, and well supported in the scientific literature.
However, athletes can get it wrong.
If significant enough, a heat stress episode may be life threatening. At the very least, heat stress that significantly derails performance will subsequently require a carefully monitored process of recovery and return to sport.
In the September 2018 edition of the Australian Triathlete Magazine, exercise physiologist Dr Simon Sostaric discusses perspectives that athletes need to consider before resuming training and competition after being affected by a significant episode of heat stress.
Heat tolerance services are available at Melbourne Sports & Allied Health Clinic.