Public lecture: The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: Are environmental challenges still present?

  • 16 November 2022
  • 17:30-18:30
  • Online

This public lecture will be delivered by Dr Lee Taylor, Reader in Exercise and Environmental Physiology, will provide context and overview of how environmental challenges need careful consideration relative to optimising player health and performance at The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

He will outline why and how heat and humidity compromise football (soccer) specific performance alongside providing an overview of how players could (should?) prepare for the tournament in the short- and long-term (e.g., acclimatisation and/or body cooling interventions).

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 has already seen unprecedented countermeasures employed to protect players, staff and spectators from the heat and humidity regularly experienced in the region. Firstly, and to much media furore, the competition was moved from summer to winter to avoid temperatures potentially greater than 50°C. Secondly, all stadia will be air conditioned, both in the stands for fans and on the pitch for players. With these efforts many assume that environmental challenges for players will be minimum. However, it may not be that straightforward. Given, it is not only the players during match-play that require consideration whilst other environmental challenges aside from heat and humidity may be present.

Lee’s research and practice focuses on optimising the health and performance of elite athletes training and competing in environmental extremes, in particular heat and humidity. He conducts research to deliver evidence-informed athlete-facing performance solutions globally, across a variety of elite sports. This includes research projects and/or supporting athletes at mega-events (e.g., Olympic Games and various World Championships) and within various elite Leagues and franchises of football (soccer), rugby, cricket, AFL, and others. With over 100 peer-reviewed publications and a professional practice network covering all the inhabited continents of the globe, his expertise is routinely sought by elite athletes and teams alongside governing bodies and organising committees for mega-events. You can follow Lee on Twitter: @DrLeeTaylor.

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This public lecture is free to attend and is open to anyone with an interest in the topic. The event will take place online via Zoom and will last for approximately an hour. To book your place please complete the online booking form, you will be emailed joining details the day before the talk. This talk will be recorded and the recording will be made available online a few days after the event.