Dr Sebastien Racinais

Dr Sebastien Racinais

Research Scientist

Dr Sébastien Racinais obtained a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology in the French West Indies in 2004 for his work on the effect of a warm humid environment and the circadian rhythm in core body temperature on muscle function. After lecturing for two years at the French West Indies University, he lectured at the University of Montpellier in France on training adaptations, and conducted research on the neural factors limiting performance. Since joining Aspetar in 2007, Sébastien has developed a research program on the adaptations of the human body to hot ambient conditions and their repercussions on sport performance. He created and runs a Special Interest Group (SIG) of physiologists with a strong interest in environmental physiology. SIG aims to provide scientific support, educational resources and occupational health and safety guidelines on exercising in hot environments. Sébastien has also been collaborating with various international sports federations on consensuses on exercising in hot ambient conditions.



PhD in Human Movement Sciences (2004) Qualified as lecturer by the French National University Council (2005)


Career Achievements

  • Organization of the conference “Exercise in hot environments: from basic concepts to field applications” in partnership with the FIFA. (2009)
  • Guest editor of the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports for a special issue on Exercise in Hot Environments (2010)
  • Invited speakers and co-author of the International Olympic Committee consensus statement on thermoregulatory and altitude challenges for the high-level athlete. (2011-2012)


Clubs & Organizations worked with

  • Sebastien has been working with various professional or elite athletes in organizing heat-acclimatization training camp (e.g., soccer, AFL, cycling)
  • He is a Felow of the European College of Sports Sciences (FECSS) and the Chairman of the SIG-Temperature
  • He has been working for the university of the French West Indies, for the university of Montpellier (France) and hold a position of adjunct senior lecturer at Queensland university (Australia

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