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UConn Heat Lab Tests Pro Athletes Under Extreme Conditions

UConn Heat Lab Tests Pro Athletes Under Extreme Conditions

Crouched in a bucket inside UConn’s heat lab, Ironman triathlete Adam Chase, 51, brushed water and sweat from his body as a researcher poured water over his head.

Two other researchers held high the plastic sheeting that lined the bucket, taking care to catch every drop of sweat and water falling from Chase. Moments later, they tossed in the towels he’d just used to mop his face and back as he ran for 45 minutes at a 7-mph clip in the 94-degree room.

“Sweat soup,” one athlete said as she waited for her turn inside the Korey Stringer Institute’s new $700,000 heat lab.

This salty concoction is what the UConn kinesiologists would weigh and...

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