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Transplant Proc. 2010 May;42(4):1029-31. doi: 10.1016/j.transproceed.2010.03.094.

Alpine skiing and anaerobic performance in solid organ transplant recipients.

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Education and Research Department, Bologna, Italy. gs.roi@isokinetic.com

Abstract

Limited information has been published about sporting activities in solid organ transplant recipients. The aim of this study was to assess "in the field" performance capacities of a group of transplant recipients involved in an alpine skiing competition. We studied 16 transplant recipients (13 men and 3 women) who had undergone transplantations (11 kidney, 4 liver, and 1 heart) at 89 +/- 68 months prior while participating in an alpine skiing race. The patients performed a countermovement jumping test to measure the explosive power of the lower limbs. In all patients blood lactate concentrations (La) were measured at the end of a giant slalom race. The maximum displacement of the center of mass during the jumping test was 22.4 +/- 9.3 cm; the time to complete the giant slalom was 75.5 +/- 16.5 seconds and La was 3.5 +/- 0.8 mmol/L. We observed significant linear relationships between race time and La (R(2) = 0.4733; P < .01) and between race time and performance in the jumping test (R(2) = 0.3655; P < .05). This study indicated that recovery of anaerobic and technical sporting activities is possible in organ transplant recipients. Muscular power and anaerobic performances among a selected group of solid organ transplant recipients were similar to those of the general untrained population.

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