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Protecting athlete health in a warming world
  1. Sebastien Racinais1,
  2. Richard Budgett2
  1. 1Research and Scientific Support Department, Aspetar, Qatar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, Doha, Ad Dawhah, Qatar
  2. 2Medical and Scientific Department, International Olympic Committee, Lausanne, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sebastien Racinais, Research Education Centre, Aspetar Qatar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, Doha, Ad Dawhah, Qatar; sebastien.racinais{at}

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The current issue of the BJSM includes the ‘International Olympic Committee consensus statement on recommendations and regulations for sport events in the heat’.1 This consensus statement includes sets of recommendations for international federations, event organisers, athletes and the medical community to address heat-related safety concerns when organising sporting events. While the question of exercising in the heat was historically addressed by occupational and military physiological research, heat-related illness has become a major concern for sporting activities in recreational to elite athletes. The recent extreme climatic events such as the record high temperatures in October 2021 in France, the next host of the Summer Olympics, suggest that more and more athletes may be exposed to heat more and more often. The global warming associated with climate change increases morbidity and mortality,2 with the victims of classical heat strokes being mainly children, elderly and vulnerable populations.3 4 However, athletes are also vulnerable to a specific heat-related pathology called exertional heat stroke (EHS).5 EHS is …

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