Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

Loughborough University Institutional Repository

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/19719

Title: Sweat-induced skin wetness perception can be significantly manipulated independently of the level of physical skin wetness [Abstract]
Authors: Filingeri, Davide
Fournet, Damien
Hodder, S.G.
Havenith, George
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: © Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Citation: FILINGERI, D. ...et al., 2015. Sweat-induced skin wetness perception can be significantly manipulated independently of the level of physical skin wetness. Experimental Biology Meeting, Boston, MA, FASEB JOURNAL, 29:993.4 - ? (1)
Abstract: Skin wetness perception is driven by inputs from cold and mechano sensitive skin afferents. We hypothesized that in the absence of skin cooling, sweat induced wetness perception can be manipulated by altering the mechanical interaction between skin, sweat and clothing. Ten males (22±2years) performed an incremental walking protocol (5Km/h; gradient: 2 to 16%) during two trials designed to produce the same level of physical skin wetness but to induce lower (TIGHT-FIT) and higher (LOOSE-FIT) wetness perception. In the TIGHT-FIT, a tight fitting clothing ensemble was worn to reduce the mechanical interaction between skin, sweat and clothing. In the LOOSE-FIT, a loose fitting ensemble augmented this interaction. To limit sweat evaporation and skin cooling, a vapour impermeable ensemble was also worn during the trials. Heart rate, rectal temperature, mean skin temperature, skin conductance (SC), whole body skin wetness (wbody) and wetness perception were recorded. Exercise induced sweat production and physical skin wetness increased significantly (SC: 3.1±0.3 to 18.8±1.3µS, p<0.01; wbody: 0.26±0.01 to 0.95±0.2nd, p<0.01) with no differences between TIGHT-FIT and LOOSE-FIT (p>0.05). However, the reduced mechanical interaction generated by the TIGHT-FIT ensemble lowered significantly wetness perception (p<0.01). This reduction was more pronounced when wbody ranged between 0.4-0.8nd. We conclude that in the absence of skin cooling, sweat induced wetness perception is primarily driven by the mechanical interaction between skin, sweat and clothing. Manipulating this interaction can alter skin wetness perception, independently of the level of physical wetness.
Description: This paper is in closed access.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/19719
Publisher Link: http://www.fasebj.org/content/29/1_Supplement/993.4.abstract?sid=d0caffda-e1bc-4d70-a955-9d9a7a5953c8
ISSN: 0892-6638
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Design School)

Files associated with this item:

File Description SizeFormat
AbstractFilingeri_EB2015.docxAccepted version20.01 kBDocXView/Open

 

SFX Query

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.