The University of Sunderland prove that real-time core body temperature (CBT) measurements can be easily collected in a cost-effective way using PASCO Scientific’s fast response temperature probes. After a quick modification of the probes to provide rigidity, they become the ideal partner for CBT measurements, owing to their low thermal inertia and sensitivity.
“We’ve been using the PASCO setup for CBT measurements throughout my time at Sunderland, so for at least the last 8 years. We modify the temperature probes by applying some electrical sheathing to the end 10 cm, using a heat gun to mould the sheath to the probe. The modification takes about 2 minutes and is very easy to do – the purpose is to make the end of the probe more rigid and easier for the student to insert. We do hear the occasional grumble from the students about insertion – just because it’s an alien process – but once it’s in, it’s fine! They only experience discomfort if it’s not in far enough, and we advise that they insert it up to the edge of the sheath. Using the CBT measurements ensures that we can safely monitor the students when they are exercising in the heat.
In terms of cost, we treat the probes as single use only. They are inexpensive and we dispose of them after use as clinical waste. We had thought about using other collection methods for CBT data, but the PASCO system is far less expensive, really easy to use and better suited to our budget.
We typically interface straight to PASCO Capstone. Our academics have created templates for the software, so all the required plots and displays are pre-programmed for the students, increasing ease of use and reducing set-up time. We also make use of the flexibility that PASCO offers with data collection to SPARKvue on tablets, which is ideal for a quick setup and simple readout.
Overall, we’re very satisfied with all of our PASCO kit. The University has been a PASCO customer for many years, and we have quite a collection of sensors and experiments. On top of the temperature probes, the items we use most frequently are the force plates, goniometers, force, acceleration and motion sensors, and the dynamics tracks. In fact, every Biomechanics session we run includes at least one piece of PASCO equipment. As a BSc and MSc graduate of Sunderland, I’ve experienced first-hand how easy the kit is to use as a student, and now as staff, appreciate how easy it is to set up for labs. I can see the positive impact our PASCO kit has on the learning experience of our students.
I’d highly recommend the PASCO system for data collection owing to its ease of use – you just have to turn it on, and press go. Both SciChem and PASCO have been very helpful in sorting any issues we have and there’s always someone there for support when required.”
Abbie Taylor MSc, Senior Sports Science Technician – The University of Sunderland
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