Abolished circadian rhythm of salivary cortisol in elite artistic gymnasts.

  title={Abolished circadian rhythm of salivary cortisol in elite artistic gymnasts.},
  author={N. Georgopoulos and Loredana Rottstein and Athanasios A Tsekouras and Anastasia Theodoropoulou and Eftychia Koukkou and Panagiotis Mylonas and George Polykarpou and Evgenia Lampropoulou and Gregoris Iconomou and Michel L{\'e}glise and Apostolos G. Vagenakis and Kostas B Markou},
  volume={76 4},
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of intensive physical exercise and acute psychological stress during high level athletic competition as reflected on the levels of salivary cortisol in elite artistic gymnasts (AGs). DESIGN The study included 239 AGs (142 females-97 males) who participated in the European Championship of Gymnastics in 2006 and 81 adolescents (40 females-41 males), matched for age, as controls. All athletes participated voluntarily in all or parts of… CONTINUE READING


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