BODY COMPOSITION AND SKIN TEMPERATURE VARIATION

Authors
  1. Frim, J.
  2. Livingstone, S.D.
  3. Reed, L.D.
  4. Nolan, R.W.
  5. Limmer, R.E.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Temperature variations near four common torso skin temperature sites were measured on 17 lightly clad subjects exposed to ambient temperatures of 28, 23, and 18C. Although variations in skin temperature exceeding 7C over a distance of 5 cm were observed on individuals, the mean magnitude of these variations was 2-3C under the coolest condition and less at the warmer temperatures. There was no correlation between the temperature variation and skinfold thickness at a site or with estimations of whole body fat content. These findings imply that errors in mean skin temperature measurement cold arise from probe mislocation and/or subcutaneous fat distribution and that the problem becomes more acute with increasing cold stress. However, the magnitudes of these errors cannot be easily predicted from common anthropometric measurements.
Report Number
DCIEM-89-P-55 — Research Paper; Reprint
Date of publication
15 Sep 1989
Number of Pages
4
Reprinted from
J Appl Physiol, vol 68, no 2, 1990, p 540-543
DSTKIM No
90-02586
CANDIS No
64844
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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