This heat acclimation for special population's Research Topic questions the “one size fits all” approach for heat adaptation and that it may not be appropriate for all populations. Therefore, to highlight these differences we endeavored to collect a set of studies on how heat acclimation may benefit a wide range of special populations who have specific needs.
We have published 12 articles in this Research Topic and defined four main areas of research. (a) an epidemiological approach and the aging process; (b) understanding physiological mechanisms and a novel heat acclimation method; (c) adaptation to the heat for special populations including males, females, military personnel and Paralympic athletes; and (d) the use of heat therapy for special populations. We have summarized the most noteworthy evidence of each study in these research areas.
Garrett, A. T., Maxwell, N. S., Périard, J. D., & Sunderland, C. (2020). Editorial: Heat Acclimation for Special Populations. Frontiers in Physiology, 11, 1-3. https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2020.00895