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Respiratory Health of Elite Athletes (cold air)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 29, 2008
Last Update Posted : February 23, 2011
Information provided by:
Laval University

Brief Summary:

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.

Condition or disease
Asthma Cardiovascular Diseases Metabolic Diseases

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 133 participants
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.
Study Start Date : June 2007
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2010
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2010

Cold air athletes
Other sports elite athletes
Control subjects

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
Serum - plasma - sputum

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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 (NCT number): NCT00686491

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Centre de recherche de l'Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec
Quebec, Canada, G1V4G5
Sponsors and Collaborators
Laval University
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Principal Investigator: Paul POIRIER, MD Hôpital LAval
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Dr Louis-Philippe BOULET, Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec Identifier: NCT00686491    
Other Study ID Numbers: CER 20141
First Posted: May 29, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 23, 2011
Last Verified: February 2011
Keywords provided by Laval University:
Type of sport
Cardiovascular disease
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Cardiovascular Diseases
Metabolic Diseases