Assessing thermoregulatory deficits of trained individuals with a spinal cord injury exercising in the heat
Sweat production is determined by the sweat output from each gland and the number of active sweat glands. When we measure sweat rate (whole-body or local) we are measuring the sweat rate from a large number of sweat glands within the defined surface area. An estimation of the number of heat-activated sweat glands, in conjunction with measurements of local sweat rate, can be used to determine average sweat gland output. Quantifying the number of heat-activated sweat glands can be used, for example, to compare sweat gland function between populations or to characterize the extent of neuropathy.
University of Sydney
Australian Institute of Sport
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Forsyth, P., & Jay, O. (2017). Heat activated sweat gland density. Retrieved from http://epublications.bond.edu.au/crn_assess/3