Left Ventricular Function and Physiological Performance in Female Ironman Athletes and Female Police Officers


Data about physiological performance of female ironman triathletes are rare. However, some studies have reported this endurance sport may cause damage to the right or left ventricles, even in females. The goal of this study was to assess prospectively the right/left ventricular function and physiological performance in female athletes (middle- and long ironman distance) and to compare the findings to female federal police officers. A total of 33 female triathletes and 37 female police officers were examined using spiro-ergometry and echocardiography. Female triathletes achieved VO2max 52.8 ± 5.7 ml/kg−1·min−1, and police officers 35.3 ± 6.5 ml/kg−1·min−1. In athletes, left ventricular end-diastolic diameter was 4.4 ± 0.3 cm and in police officers 4.5 ± 0.4 cm, and the left ventricular muscle mass index was 85.8 g/m2 ± 18.7 in athletes and in police officers 72.0 g/m2 ± 9.1. Right ventricular area change among athletes was 49.4 ± 8.5%, and in police officers 46.0 ± 6.9%. The performance date of female triathletes can be used as training prescription for leisure female triathletes, when middle or long distances in triathlon competitions are planned. No right or left ventricular dysfunction was found despite long training and finishing of long distance competitions: non-elite athletes, 5.4 ± 2.8 years of triathlon competitions; elite athletes, 7.6 ± 5.8 years.

Autor / Fonte:Roman Leischik, Peter Foshag, Markus Strauss, Norman Spelsberg Perceptual and Motor Skills 2016 May 19
Link: http://pms.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/05/19/0031512516650461.full.pdf+html