Wednesday, December 28, 2011

We are always looking for ways to determine the level of inflammation of an athlete as it relates to recovery. If the athlete is suffering from some type of pathology then inflammatory markers will help define the illness. When comes to recovery from various levels of training the jury is still out on that one. Take a look at this study:

 Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise:

January 2012 - Volume 44 - Issue 1 - p 50–56
doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e318229d2e9
Basic Sciences

Effect of Resistance, Endurance, and Concurrent Training on TNF-α, IL-6, and CRP


Purpose: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of 16 wk of resistance training (RT), endurance training (ET), and concurrent training (CT) on inflammatory markers, C-reactive protein (CRP), and functional capacity in sedentary middle-age men. 

Methods: Healthy subjects were randomized into RT (n = 11), ET (n = 12), CT (n = 11), and a control group (n = 13). The subjects performed three weekly sessions lasting about 60 min for 16 wk. Maximal strength was tested in bench press and leg press. The peak oxygen uptake (V˙O2peak) was measured in an incremental exercise test. Plasma tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin-6 (IL-6), and CRP levels were determined by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.

 Results: Maximal strength was increased after 16 wk, with no differences between RT and CT. V˙O2peak increased in ET and CT comparing before and after training. There were no significant differences in TNF-α, IL-6, and CRP comparing before and after training. 

Conclusions: Sixteen weeks of RT, ET, or CT in middle-age healthy men has not affected low and moderate IL-6, TNF-α, and CRP levels. CT performed in the same weekly frequency and session duration of ET and RT was effective in increasing both maximal strength and V˙O2peak, in addition to improvements in lipid profile.


1 comment:

Alexander said...

Exactly the piece of information I was looking for! Thanks so much for sharing!