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PURPOSE Top-level training is associated with morphological and functional changes in the heart. Left atrial (LA) enlargement can be regarded as a physiologic adaptation to exercise conditioning.… (More)
Left atrial (LA) enlargement and improved myocardial diastolic properties are a component of athlete's heart. We performed a longitudinal study involving adolescent athletes to investigate the impact… (More)
AIM Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) and endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) are known to play a role in the vascular responses and adaptations to exercise. We performed a quantitative assessment of… (More)
Background Body composition (BC) and its changes over time may influence performance in soccer players. BC assessment techniques are mainly based on quantitative evaluation, originating from… (More)
BACKGROUND Previous cross-sectional studies have demonstrated that fat-free mass (FFM) is an important determinant of left ventricular mass (LVM) in athletes. However, cross-sectional investigations… (More)