Effects of physical exercise in winter training conditions on the thermographic temperature distribution of the horse rider's skin
Purpose: The purpose of this work was to assess the impact of a specific equestrian training, conducted in winter weather conditions, on the thermovision temperature distribution of a rider's body surface. The study included a riding pair with 12 years of experience (female rider, aged 25, sports active and 16-year-old horse, Trakehner breed). Methods: The study included the temperature distribution of selected parts of the rider's body (the area of the right and left shoulder blade, chest and
... r blade, chest and lumbar section, and the region of the left and right cross) was carried out before and after recreational, jumping and dressage training. Each winter training has been repeated, at different times, 10 times, giving a total of 30 workouts. The thermovision measurements were made in a separate room, always under the same conditions. Results: Research has shown that, along with the increase in the level and intensity of the training, the body surface temperature of the rider increased. After recreational driving, this temperature increased, compared to the pre-workout measurement, by 3.15 °C, after jumping through obstacles to 4.39 °C, and in dressage to 5.82 °C. Conclusions: The highest increase in body surface temperature (on the example of dressage training) was recorded in the thoracic and lumbar part of the spine region, then in the area of the left and right scapula, while the smallest in the left and right sacral region of the rider.