Left Out in the Cold
A Case Study in Thermoregulation
Department of Physical Education and Sport
Central Michigan University
While backpacking in the Canadian Rockies, Joel loses his way and finds that his experience hiking and camping in his home state of Florida hasn't prepared him for springtime weather conditions in the mountains. This case study allows students to review and integrate physiological responses to cold exposure. It was designed for use in upper-level physiology, exercise physiology, and other courses in which integration of physiological systems and clinical outcomes are a primary focus.
- Understand the basic mechanisms by which heat is lost or gained by the body.
- Identify the basic physiologic responses to cold exposure and the neural and endocrine control mechanisms of these responses.
- Identify the physiologic consequences of the normal responses to cold exposure.
- Identify consequences of prolonged cold exposure.
KeywordsThermoregulation; hypothermia; cold exposure; heat loss; hiking; Rocky Mountains; Canadian Rockies
Educational LevelUndergraduate upper division
Type / MethodsDirected
Subject HeadingsPhysiology | Sports Science |
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