Endurance Exercise and the Heart: Friend or Foe?

Fabian Sanchis-Gomar, Laura M. Pérez, Michael J. Joyner, Herbert Löllgen, Alejandro Lucia

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Although low- to moderate-intensity exercise has well-known cardiovascular benefits, it has been increasingly suggested that prolonged strenuous endurance exercise (SEE) could have potential deleterious cardiac effects. In effect, the term ‘cardiac overuse injury’ (or ‘over-exercise’) has been recently reported to group all the possible deleterious cardiac consequences of repeated exposure to SEE or ‘over-exercise’. In this article, we provide a balanced overview of the current state of knowledge regarding the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ of SEE from a cardiological point of view.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)459-466
Number of pages8
JournalSports Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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