Training Network: Wilderness Survival | Orienteering

Environmental Considerations

The world is a montage of many different climates and locations. You may be in the tropical heat of Central America, the deserts of the Middle East, the frozen tundra of Alaska, or the rolling hills of Western Europe. Each environment presents unique problems concerning one's physical performance. Furthermore, physical exertion in extreme environments can be life-threatening. While recognizing such problems is important, preventing them is even more important. This requires an understanding of the environmental factors which affect physical performance and how the body responds to those factors.

  • Temperature Regulation
  • Heat Injuries and Symptoms
  • Acclimatization to Hot, Humid Environments
  • Exercising in Cold Environments
  • Acclimatization to High Altitudes
  • Air Pollution and Exercise

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