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Exercise and the immune system.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17826186     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Exercise has a variable effect on the immune system. The underlying reasons for this variability are multifactorial and include infectious, neuroedocrine, and metabolic factors, with nutritional status of the athlete and the training load playing a role. Environmental factors such as living quarters, travel requirements, and the type of sport (team versus individual) also contribute to infectious risk. Regarding the direct effect of exercise on the immune system, moderate exercise seems to exert a protective effect, whereas repeated bouts of strenuous exercise can result in immune dysfunction. Understanding the relationship between exercise and infectious disease has important potential implications for public health and for clinicians caring for athletes and athletic teams.
P Gunnar Brolinson; Dan Elliott
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinics in sports medicine     Volume:  26     ISSN:  1556-228X     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Sports Med     Publication Date:  2007 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-09-10     Completed Date:  2007-10-04     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8112473     Medline TA:  Clin Sports Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  311-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Tech Sports Medicine, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA. <>
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Biological / immunology*
Exercise / physiology*
Immune System / physiology*
Sports / physiology

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