Last week I recorded a one-hour webinar entitled “Heart Health and Endurance Sport.” You can download the webinar for free at the USA Triathlon (USAT) website.
The webinar is a consequence of my recent work with USAT regarding race safety. At the conclusion of our work, we felt that USAT was in a position to provide some educational offerings to members of our triathlon community that might lead to safer training and competing for athletes and to better safety and event planning by race organizers.
Obviously the topic is broad and one hour is pretty short. I decided to organize the discussion into 5 topics that I thought were most important:
1. The heart and general health benefits of exercise.
2. The heart’s adaptation to exercise and the “athlete’s heart.”
3. Sports-related sudden cardiac death.
4. Other potential adverse consequences of endurance sport.
5. How to care for your heart for the long term.
Take a listen. I hope there’s some useful information that might let you take better charge of your own heart health and train and race safely. There’s a “homework” project at the end; I’d be happy to hear from you….and so would your athlete friends.
1. USAT Fatality Incidents Study
2. Athletes, Sudden Death, and CPR
3. Recent Safety Initiatives in Triathlon