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Sport climbing with pre-existing cardio-pulmonary medical conditions.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19199210     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Over the past 25 years sport climbing has developed from an elite extreme sport subculture pursued by few into a mainstream recreational sport enjoyed globally by climbers of all ages, climbing abilities, and with pre-existing health conditions. As the demands and grades of climbing difficulty have increased over this period, most scientific literature on sport climbing focused on acute injuries and overuse syndromes, or performance physiology in healthy adult males. The physiological response to sport climbing is more similar to that of resistance training (i.e., body building) rather than a predominantly aerobic sport (i.e., running, cycling), so that heart rate and blood pressure during a climb will be disproportionately high relative to the 'exercise' of climbing, and breathing may be irregular. Therefore this review sought evidence-based recommendations for recreational sport climbing participation by those individuals with pre-existing cardiopulmonary medical conditions including coronary heart disease, chronic heart failure, cardiac dysrhythmia, pulmonary diseases (i.e., asthma) or hypertension. This review defines the criteria that must be fulfilled for safe sport climbing by those with pre-existing cardiopulmonary conditions or those with hypertension.
T Kuepper; A Morrison; U Gieseler; V Schoeffl
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2009-02-06
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of sports medicine     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1439-3964     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Sports Med     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-05-26     Completed Date:  2009-08-11     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8008349     Medline TA:  Int J Sports Med     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  395-402     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Occupational & Social Medicine, University of Aachen, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Pressure / physiology
Cardiovascular Diseases / complications*
Evidence-Based Medicine
Heart Rate / physiology
Lung Diseases / complications*
Mountaineering / physiology*

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