Measuring skin temperature before, during and after exercise: a comparison of thermocouples and infrared thermography

Andrade Fernandes, Alex de and Santos Amorim, Paulo Roberto dos and José Brito, Ciro and Gomes de Moura, Anselmo and Gomes Moreira, Danilo and Amaral Costa, Carlos Magno and Sillero Quintana, Manuel and Bouzas Marins, Joao Carlos (2014). Measuring skin temperature before, during and after exercise: a comparison of thermocouples and infrared thermography. "Physiological measurement", v. 35 (n. 2); pp. 189-203. ISSN 0967-3334. https://doi.org/10.1088/0967-3334/35/2/189.

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Title: Measuring skin temperature before, during and after exercise: a comparison of thermocouples and infrared thermography
Author/s:
  • Andrade Fernandes, Alex de
  • Santos Amorim, Paulo Roberto dos
  • José Brito, Ciro
  • Gomes de Moura, Anselmo
  • Gomes Moreira, Danilo
  • Amaral Costa, Carlos Magno
  • Sillero Quintana, Manuel
  • Bouzas Marins, Joao Carlos
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Physiological measurement
Date: 2014
ISSN: 0967-3334
Volume: 35
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: skin temperature, thermocouples, infrared thermal imaging, exercise
Faculty: Facultad de Ciencias de la Actividad Física y del Deporte (INEF) (UPM)
Department: Deportes
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Measuring skin temperature (TSK) provides important information about the complex thermal control system and could be interesting when carrying out studies about thermoregulation. The most common method to record TSK involves thermocouples at specific locations; however, the use of infrared thermal imaging (IRT) has increased. The two methods use different physical processes to measure TSK, and each has advantages and disadvantages. Therefore, the objective of this study was to compare the mean skin temperature (MTSK) measurements using thermocouples and IRT in three different situations: pre-exercise, exercise and post-exercise. Analysis of the residual scores in Bland-Altman plots showed poor agreement between the MTSK obtained using thermocouples and those using IRT. The averaged error was -0.75 °C during pre-exercise, 1.22 °C during exercise and -1.16 °C during post-exercise, and the reliability between the methods was low in the pre- (ICC = 0.75 [0.12 to 0.93]), during (ICC = 0.49 [-0.80 to 0.85]) and post-exercise (ICC = 0.35 [-1.22 to 0.81] conditions. Thus, there is poor correlation between the values of MTSK measured by thermocouples and IRT pre-exercise, exercise and post-exercise, and low reliability between the two forms of measurement.

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Item ID: 29408
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/29408/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:29408
DOI: 10.1088/0967-3334/35/2/189
Official URL: http://iopscience.iop.org/0967-3334/35/2/189/
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 11 May 2015 08:22
Last Modified: 11 May 2015 08:22
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