Thermoregulatory control following dynamic exercise

Aviat Space Environ Med. 2006 Nov;77(11):1174-82.


Post-exercise thermoregulatory control in humans has received limited attention. In the post-exercise period skin blood flow and sweating return to pre-exercise levels despite a persistent elevation in esophageal temperature, suggesting an alteration in thermoregulatory control. The esophageal temperature response post-exercise appears to be correlated to the marked cardiovascular changes that occur after dynamic exercise. Recent work has shown that non-thermoregulatory factors associated with hemodynamic changes and hydration status post-exercise may influence the regulation of core temperature during exercise recovery. This review will characterize the thermal response and describe our current understanding of the physiological influences on thermoregulatory control during recovery from dynamic exercise.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Body Temperature Regulation*
  • Esophagus / physiology
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiology
  • Pressoreceptors / physiology
  • Regional Blood Flow
  • Sex Factors
  • Skin / blood supply
  • Skin Temperature / physiology
  • Sweating / physiology