The Hospiten Group has carried out a pioneering study in Europe of the impact that resistance tests have on women in 34 runners who took part in the last edition of the Fred Olsen Tenerife Bluetrail with the aim of learning the effects on the heart after a high intensity mountain test and how it recovered. The study, ‘The behavior of an athlete's heart in endurance tests’, was conducted by cardiologist and sports cardiology specialist, Alejandro de la Rosa at Hospiten Rambla. The results were presented today, Thursday 21 month?? by the councilor for the Tenerife 2030 area of the Tenerife Island Government, Antonio Garcia Marichal; Hospiten medical director, Miguel Arriaga; and cardiologist Alejandro de la Rosa.
Mr. Garcia Marichal said that "these initiatives of public and private collaboration are important because they allow us to learn about aspects related to health and sport" and encouraged those responsible for the study "to continue with this research that benefits all of society." For his part, Miguel Arriaga stressed that the initiative “is part of the Hospiten Group's commitment to health and sportspeople. In 2017 we did it on runners and last year we focused more on women because there are not many studies on long distance runners”.
Dr. De la Rosa explained that “as in the research conducted on men in the 2017 edition, it is confirmed that a high-intensity endurance race causes acute cardiac fatigue, but, similarly, the hearts of ultra resistance athletes have adapt better to extreme effort and the changes that take place, and are fully recovered a week after the race”.
De la Rosa points out that “the fact that there are extreme ascents and descents in the Fred Olsen Tenerife Bluetrail requires great effort and we wanted to analyze the behavior of the heart during the phases before and after an effort of these characteristics which can sometimes cause acute changes in the athlete's heart due to the increase in blood volume in the heart during the race”.
The analysis was carried out on 34 women - only two did not complete the test - of an average age of 39, with 10 hours of training per week and more than 9 years of training, approximately, who participated in the half marathon (20 km) and in the Fred. Olsen Tenerife Bluetrail marathon (43 km). The examination consisted of three phases. Between 7 and 10 days before the test, at Hospiten Rambla, the runners’ medical history was drawn up, they underwent a physical examination, complete blood and urine tests, an electrocardiogram and an echocardiogram. On the day of the race, they underwent another blood test and echocardiogram at the finishing line. Finally, from 6 to 11 days after the event, another blood test and echocardiogram were performed. Dr. De la Rosa had words of thanks for his team for the study, since more than a hundred samples were collected from the runners for further analysis and comparison.
The Hospiten Group understands that sports and health go hand in hand and reminds all participants that they can have a sports cardiovascular check-up at a special price if they are enrolled in any of Fred Olsen Tenerife Bluetrail 2019 modalities. The group has also organized two free workshops for registered runners taught by physiotherapists for runners enrolled in the race. Yesterday was the first activity in the Antonio Dominguez Stadium in Los Cristianos (Arona), while on April 4 a workshop will be held in the Taoro Park (Puerto de la Cruz). Inscriptions can be made on the web https: https://hospiten.com/cursos-y-eventos and places are limited.