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Respiratory Health of Elite Athletes (cold air)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Laval University Identifier:
First received: May 26, 2008
Last updated: February 21, 2011
Last verified: February 2011

Eleven National Sports Teams are located in the Quebec Metropolitan Area. In these groups, many athletes are aiming for Olympic medals in Beijing 2008 and Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. A consultation of the coaches of these National Teams revealed that although a large proportion of these athletes present various cardio-respiratory symptoms, they do not have a rapid access to a systematic medical evaluation and follow-up. Furthermore, little is done in regard to prevention and optimization of treatment of pulmonary and cardiac conditions in the elite athlete's population of the Quebec area.

Cardiorespiratory problems are therefore commonly found in high-level athletes. However, these pathologies are not well characterized in athletes and the associated symptoms often not well perceived. These problems can be serious and it is important to detect them before they appear1 while setting up a systematic medical follow-up. Health professionals should monitor health of the young athletes and help to reduce the risks associated with high level exercise. The following project is an evaluation and follow-up program of high-level athletes, aiming at gathering key-information on long-term effects of high-level training on cardio-respiratory and metabolic parameters. Our aims will be

  1. to establish a long-term program of systematic evaluation and follow-up of cardiorespiratory health and performance of high elite athletes.
  2. to evaluate the prevalence of respiratory, circulatory and metabolic problems among high-level athletes
  3. to evaluate the effects of treatments on cardiorespiratory conditions and exercise performance in athletes who need asthma medication.

Asthma Cardiovascular Diseases Metabolic Diseases

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Center of Excellence in CardioRespiratory Health of High-level Athletes: Evaluation of Long-term Effects of Training.

Further study details as provided by Laval University:

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
Serum - plasma - sputum

Enrollment: 133
Study Start Date: June 2007
Study Completion Date: December 2010
Primary Completion Date: December 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Cold air athletes
Other sports elite athletes
Control subjects


Ages Eligible for Study:   14 Years to 45 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Athletes training in the province of Quebec. Controls from Quebec schools and universities.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Athletes training more than 10 hours per week-

Exclusion Criteria:

  • asthma or other pathologies that may interfere with the study
  • Smokers
  • Obese of with a BMI more than 29
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00686491

Centre de recherche de l'Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec
Quebec, Canada, G1V4G5
Sponsors and Collaborators
Laval University
Principal Investigator: Paul POIRIER, MD Hôpital LAval
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Dr Louis-Philippe BOULET, Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec Identifier: NCT00686491     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CER 20141
Study First Received: May 26, 2008
Last Updated: February 21, 2011

Keywords provided by Laval University:
Type of sport
Cardiovascular disease

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cardiovascular Diseases
Metabolic Diseases processed this record on September 19, 2017