Young elite athletes of different sport disciplines present with an increase in pulsatile secretion of growth hormone compared with non-elite athletes and sedentary subjects

G. Ubertini, A. Grossi, D. Colabianchi, R. Fiori, C. Brufani, C. Bizzarri, G. Giannone, A. E. Rigamonti, A. Sartorio, E. E. Muller, M. Cappa

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Abstract

Acute exercise is a well-known stimulus for GH secretion but the effect of chronic training on GH secretion still remains equivocal. The aim of our study was to analyse spontaneous pulsatile GH secretion (during a period of 2 hours in the morning) in a group of young elite athletes (EA) compared with non-elite athletes (NEA), and sedentary subjects (SS). Mean and peak GH levels proved significantly higher in EA than in NEA and SS (p=0.0004 and p2=0.1184; p=0.0022; r2=0.1640, respectively). In conclusion, GH levels were higher in EA than NEA and SS without any modification of IGF-I levels; a strong positive correlation was present between GH levels and intensity of training. An increase in the knowledge of the effect of chronic training on GH secretion could improve the training programme to elicit the greatest exercise-induced GH response.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-145
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Endocrinological Investigation
Volume31
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008

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Keywords

  • Athletes
  • GH
  • IGF-I

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology

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