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Two hikers focus on the cognitive tests as part of the Rim-to-Rim Wearables study

A team of researchers seeks to determine whether fatigue can be predicted, and whether life-threatening fatigue be distinguished from recoverable fatigue.

Credit: Michael Padilla

A team of researchers from Sandia National Laboratory, the University of New Mexico, and the U.S. National Park Service is conducting the Rim-to-Rim Wearables at the Canyon for Health project, which aims to determine if fatigue can be predicted and whether life-threatening fatigue can be differentiated from recoverable fatigue.

"With this study, we hope to identify predictive signatures for fatigue and quantify the type of fatigue," says Sandia researcher Glory Emmanuel Avina.

The three-year study of rim-to-rim hikers at the Grand Canyon aims to predict the early onset of declines in performance and health. The team wants to identify which physiological and cognitive markers are most important for predicting performance and fatigue, with the goal of creating a single wearable device that can monitor fatigue in real time.

"If a real-time analysis showed evidence of physiological, cognitive, or genetic predictors of fatigue, individuals could receive early warnings of potential health concerns," Emmanuel Avina says.

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