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Author George, Keith P. ♦ Batterham, Alan M. ♦ Jones, Bryan
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Content type Text
Publisher Springer-Verlag
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©1998
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Social sciences ♦ Sociology & anthropology
Abstract In this study we investigated resting left ventricular structure and function in elite female weightlifters. Fifteen National Squad members [mean age (SD) 25 (6) years] were compared to a recreationally active control group [n = 46, 23 (3) years]. Subjects were matched for body mass, body surface area and fat free mass, but the controls were slightly taller (P < 0.01). Athletes and controls demonstrated similar resting heart rates and blood pressures. Septal wall (ST), posterior wall (PWT) and left ventricular internal dimension in diastole and systole (LVIDd and LVIDs, respectively) were measured from M-mode echocardiograms. Calculations were made for left ventricular mass (LVM), mass-volume ratio (m:V), wall-thickness-cavity dimension ratio (h:R) and systolic function. Left ventricular filling velocities were determined via Doppler echocardiography. ST [9.0 (1.1) vs 7.7 (1.0) mm] and PWT [8.7 (1.4) vs 7.5 (1.3) mm] were greater, whereas LVIDd [46.2 (2.8) vs 48.4 (3.4) mm] was smaller in the weightlifters (P < 0.05). After allometrically adjusting for differences in height, the weightlifters had a greater ST, PWT and LVM (P < 0.05) and similar LVIDd. Both m:V and h:R were increased in the weightlifters (P < 0.05). All functional data were within normal limits and no group differences were observed. The female weight-lifters demonstrated a concentric left ventricular enlargement that was not detrimental to left ventricular performance at rest.
ISSN 03015548
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1998-11-23
Publisher Place Berlin/Heidelberg
e-ISSN 14396327
Journal European Journal of Applied Physiology
Volume Number 79
Issue Number 1
Page Count 5
Starting Page 88
Ending Page 92


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