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Option A: Optimizing Physiological Performance
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A.2.1

Explain the relationship between cellular metabolism and the production of heat in the human body.

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A.2.2

State the normal physiological range for core body temperature.

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A.2.3

Outline how the body thermoregulates in hot and cold environments.

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A.2.4

Discuss the significance of humidity and wind in relation to body heat loss.

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A.2.5

Describe the formation of sweat and the sweat response.

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A.2.6

Discuss the physiological responses that occur during prolonged exercise in the heat.

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A.2.7

Discuss the health risks associated with exercising in the heat.

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A.2.8

Outline what steps should be taken to prevent and subsequently treat heat-related disorders

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A.2.9

Describe how an athlete should acclimatize to heat stress

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A.2.10

Discuss the physiological and metabolic adaptations that occur with acclimatization

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A.2.11

Outline the principal means by which the body maintains core temperature in cold environments.

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A.2.12

Explain why the body surface area-to-body ratio is important for heat preservation.

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A.2.13

Outline the importance of wind chill in relation to body heat loss.

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A.2.14

Explain why swimming in cold water presents a particular challenge to the body’s capability to thermoregulate

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A.2.15

Discuss the physiological responses to exercise in the cold.

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A.2.16

Describe the health risks of exercising in the cold, including cold water.

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A.2.17

Discuss the precautions that should be taken when exercising in the cold

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