This study examined how a tropical climate (TC) influences the cognitive and aiming task performances of young international fencers. The participants performed the tasks in TC and an air-conditioned room. In each session, they completed questionnaires evaluating affective states, fatigue, and comfort and thermal sensations. They also carried out cognitive tasks (simple and choice reaction time, attention, and vigilance tasks) and a motor task testing aiming accuracy with a sword while wearing protective clothing and a mask. TC, which was observed to decrease thermal discomfort, was revealed to decrease aiming accuracy and positive affective states. There was no deleterious effect on cognitive task performance, nor on negative affective states, or fatigue and increased thermal discomfort. These results showed that TC can negatively influence motor performance.
Robin, Nicolas; Collado, Aurelie; Sinnapah, Stephane; Rosnet, Elisabeth; Hue, Olivier; and Coudevylle, Guillaume R.
"The Influence of Tropical Climate on Cognitive Task Performance and Aiming Accuracy in Young International Fencers,"
Journal of Human Performance in Extreme Environments: Vol. 15
, Article 4.
Available at: https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/jhpee/vol15/iss1/4