Whilst I’m helping Dr. James out with this channel during the pandemic, all sorts of tech arrives for review. Never would I have thought that I would have tested a thermometer and never would I have discovered so many fascinating things about the subject – and it’s relevance to athletes! I therefore write this as a user and like you, someone who has never had their temperature tested so often in their life – as a result of a pandemic.
Here in the UK, we were briefly allowed to eat out and pubs. Restaurants took our temperature on the way in as a way of preventing the spread of the virus. One such day out took us to a champagne breakfast (why not?!) in Melbourne, Derbyshire. Of the three of us, two were rejected upon entry as their temperatures were, wait for it, 42 degrees C!!
On arrival home, temperatures were retaken and were normal! The issue, I have discovered, upon delving into the worlds of temperature measurement, is that the method of taking a temperature from the skin can be +/- 2 degrees out and as we discovered that day (and from return Amazon purchases at home) that not all skin temperature devices are created equal.
Cyclists reading this will no doubt be thinking ‘this is like reading about power meters and smart trainers!’ You are right. It seems that the whole current mass market temperature measuring methodology utilises technology some 300 years old!
Cesium – what does it offer, or do differently?
- Instead of measuring skin temperate, the device is placed onto a sticky pad and placed in the hollow just below the arm-pit
- The device records the core temperature and it is a medical grade thermometer – 10 x more accurate than traditional thermometers
- The device accuracy is +/- 0.2 degrees Celsius
- The app (free to download and there is no subscription – your £70 Sterling buys you the device, sticky pads, battery, battery removal kit and an unlimited use app) records your temperature over the period of you wearing the device.
Okay, what’s the big deal? Accurate measurement aside (that’s a big deal in itself), imagine having an ill child and wanting to measure it’s temperature and not having to disturb the child whilst it is resting or sleeping? Attaching the Celsium will enable you to keep a watching eye with no disturbance. Having worn the device myself for 24 hours (the things that we go through for you, dear reader), after initially sticking it to myself, I did not notice it at all!
Athletes – I think the pandemic has taught us something new about data measurement. Where pre-pandemic, we were measuring heart-rate and power (pace for runners), we now know the importance of keeping a keen awareness of our temperature. Arguably, no longer should we rely on just our resting heart-rate for our state-of-health, but also our core temperature – enter Celsium. The threat of so-called ‘long COVID’ means that careers for the elite and the ability to exercise for the rest, means that we have to be very aware of our current state of health when training and to avoid exercising when we are below-par.
For more information on body temperature in the context of sports people and exercises – check out this from the Science of Sport team
- 10 x more accurate than more common methods
- Measure core temperature
- Simple to use
- £70 and guaranteed for one year
- Unlimited use no subscription app
- Accurate to +/- 0.2 degrees C
- Medical grade device
- Available from Amazon and https://www.celsium.com
Each pack contains:
- 1 x Celsium temperature sensor
- 5 x disposable adhesive patches (mild strength and low irritation)
- 1 x CR2025 battery
- Unlimited App use
- Unlimited support