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Acute response and chronic stimulus for cardiac structural and functional adaptation in a professional boxer

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posted on 2022-05-11, 14:55 authored by David Oxborough, Keith George, Victor Utomi, Rachel LordRachel Lord, James Morton, Nigel Jones, John Somauroo

 The individual response to acute and chronic changes in cardiac structure and function to intense exercise training is not fully understood and therefore evidence in this setting may help to improve the timing and interpretation of pre-participation cardiac screening. The following case report highlights an acute increase in right ventricular (RV) size and a reduction in left ventricular (LV) basal radial function with concomitant increase at the mid-level in response to a week’s increase in training volume in a professional boxer. These adaptations settle by the second week; however, chronic physiological adaptation occurs over a 12-week period.Electrocardiographic findings demonstrate an acute lateral T-wave inversion at 1 week, which revert to baseline for the duration of training. It appears that a change in training intensity and volume generates an acute response within the RV that acts as a stimulus for chronic adaptation in this professional boxer. 


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Oxborough, D., George, K., Utomi, V., Lord, R., Morton, J., Jones, N. and Somauroo, J. (2014) 'Acute response and chronic stimulus for cardiac structural and functional adaptation in a professional boxer', Oxford Medical Case Reports, 2014(3), pp.65-68

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