Using a recently developed experimental method (Cramer and Jay, J Appl Physiol (2014)), we will assess, for the first time, the independent influence of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) level (i.e. tetraplegics (above C7), low paraplegics (below T5)), on thermoregulatory responses during and following exercise in the heat. Individuals with SCI have disrupted vasomotor and sudomotor functioning below their spinal lesion levels. However, due to limitations in experimental design, no study has yet fully illustrated how thermoregulatory capacity is truly altered. This information is critical for preventing heat-related illness in SCI athletes, and for developing optimal cooling strategies.

Project lead

Dr Ollie Jay, University of Sydney

Project collaborators

  • Dr Kate Pumpa, University of Canberra
  • Associate Professor Chris McLellan, Bond University
  • Dr Jo Vaile, Australian Institute of Sport
  • Prof Kevin Thompson, University of Canberra
  • Ms Peta Forsyth, University of Canberra


Submissions from 2017


Gastrointestinal temperature, Peta Forsyth and Ollie Jay


Heat activated sweat gland density, Peta Forsyth and Ollie Jay


Prescribing exercise intensity to elicit a fixed heat production, Peta Forsyth and Ollie Jay


Skin temperature, Peta Forsyth and Ollie Jay

Submissions from 2016

Esophageal temperature 1 [video]

Esophageal temperature 2 [video]

Esophageal temperature 3 [video]

Local Sweat Rate - 1 [video]

Local Sweat Rate - 2 [video]

Plethysmography 1 - Set up [video]

Plethysmography 2 - Set up [video]

Plethysmography 3 - Set up in software [video]

Plethysmography 4a - Collecting data (participant view) [video]

Plethysmography 4b - Collecting data (computer view) [video]

Plethysmography 5- Exporting the data from DualSGP [video]

Plethysmography 6a - Analysis [video]

Plethysmography 6b - Analysis [video]