Another area of research involves analyzing the physiological responses in athletes performing various athletic events over a broad spectrum of external environments. In particular, we are able to evaluate the aerodynamics of cyclists in differing temperature, humidity and wind environments and determine the optimal biomechanical and physiological position to optimize performance. These experimental protocols can also be applied to a number of sporting events, including:
- downhill/cross-country skiers
- race car drivers
The goal of this research program is to improve training programs and event/race strategies to optimize performance of the athletes so they can harness the greatest potential of their bodies.
Selected publications and grants
Williams-Bell, F.M., Kapralos, B., Hogue, A., Murphy, B.M., & Weckman, E.J. Use of serious games and virtual simulations in the fire service: a review. Fire Technology, May, 1-32, 2014, DOI: 10.1007/s10694-014-0398-1.
Williams-Bell, F.M., Boisseau, G., McGill, J., Kostiuk, A., & Hughson, R. Physiological responses and air consumption during simulated fire fighting tasks in a subway system. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, Metabolism, 35(5), 671-678, 2010.
Williams-Bell, F.M., Boisseau, G., McGill, J., Kostiuk, A., & Hughson, R. Air management and physiological responses during simulated fire fighting tasks in a high-rise structure. Applied Ergonomics, 41(2), 251-259, 2010.
Williams-Bell, F.M. , Villar, R., Sharratt, M., Hughson, R. Physiological demands of the Candidate Physical Abilities Test. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 41(3), 653-662, 2009.