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Microfluidics: new tools in sport science

Benito-Lopez, Fernando and Coyle, Shirley and Byrne, Robert and Diamond, Dermot (2010) Microfluidics: new tools in sport science. In: Lab on a Chip European Congress 2010, 25-26 May 2010, Dublin, Ireland.

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Nowadays, Micro-Total-Analysis-Systems and Lab-on-a-Chip technology are widely used in analytical chemistry and biotechnology but they still are rarely used in other areas like sports science.[1] In this field, the development of wearable chemo-/biosensing that meet the operational requirements is extremely difficult to achieve. In particular, it requires that the desired sample of analysis, usually a body fluid (blood, sweat, urine, saliva, etc.), is delivered to an active surface on the sensor for a reaction to occur and a signal to be generated. Moreover the system must be low cost while also being robust, miniature, flexible, washable, reusable or/disposable. All these requirements point to microfluidic devices as the key tools for improving wearable chemo-/bio-sensing. Here, we will review the state of the art of microfluidics in sports science and we will present the latest results obtained with microfluidic devices in our laboratories to obtain real-time information about physical and physiological parameters in sweat during exercise.[2] Temperature, pH and sodium concentration are monitored in sweat during sport performance and training with a small, wearable microfluidic device that continuously samples and monitors these parameters. Moreover, these devices are light, inherently wearable and robust, and can be easily integrated into a wireless sensor network. The whole device can be incorporated into a simple adhesive plaster format which can be attached to the skin in a few seconds, and causes no discomfort during training.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Invited Talk)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:microfluidics;
Subjects:Physical Sciences > Chemistry
Medical Sciences > Sports sciences
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science and Health > School of Chemical Sciences
Research Initiatives and Centres > CLARITY: The Centre for Sensor Web Technologies
Research Initiatives and Centres > National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR)
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Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
Funders:Science Foundation Ireland, SFI 07/CE/I1147
ID Code:15393
Deposited On:01 Jun 2010 16:06 by Fernando Benito-Lopez. Last Modified 01 Jun 2010 16:06

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