RE: Physiology of the "Game Face?"
- OK, let's see:
The post exercise facial color is 1) clearly related to local skin blood
flow (and perhaps highly localized effects are present given that some get
a blotchy red-skinned reaction after exercise), 2) probably impacted by
sympathetic stimulation and 3) skin/environmental temperature.
Other conditions besides exercise that cause some people to become red in
the face are 1) hot conditions 2) alcohol 3) spicy foods. If you react to
one of these triggers with reddening of the face, do you also react to the
others in a similar way. Is their a common mechanism?
Do the flushers tend to be fair skinned and of Celtic ancestry? What
about the exercisers who become white in the face after exercise?
Stephen Seiler Ph.D FACSM
Faculty of Health and Sport
Service box 422
Agder University College
4604 Kristiansand, Norway
- European Journal of Applied Physiology has printed an article that may
G., Kenny & O.,Jay (2007) Evidence of a greater onset threshold for
sweating in females following intense exercise
Abstract can be found here