Exercise, Immunity and Illness

Jones, Arwel and Davison, Glen (2018) Exercise, Immunity and Illness. In: Muscle and Exercise Physiology. Academic Press. ISBN 978-0-12-814593-7

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It is generally accepted that moderate amounts of exercise improve immune system functions and hence reduce the
risk of infection. However, there is strong evidence that athletes engaged in regular prolonged and/or intensive
training have a higher than “normal” incidence of minor infections, especially of the upper respiratory tract (URT,
e.g., common cold and influenza). This is particularly apparent in endurance athletes
such as cyclists, runners, swimmers, and triathletes, but any athletes with a high training load and/or suboptimal
recovery may be at increased risk. Such infections can compromise training and/or competition performance.

Keywords:Exercise, Immunity, Illness
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B120 Physiology
A Medicine and Dentistry > A300 Clinical Medicine
C Biological Sciences > C600 Sports Science
C Biological Sciences > C550 Immunology
C Biological Sciences > C840 Clinical Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Institute of Health
ID Code:34846
Deposited On:08 Apr 2019 11:18

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