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Biomedical Engineering / Biomedizinische Technik

Joint Journal of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering in VDE and the Austrian and Swiss Societies for Biomedical Engineering and the German Society of Biomaterials

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Volume 51, Issue 4


Volume 57 (2012)

Changes in heart rate variability of athletes during a training camp

Mathias Baumert
  • Centre for Biomedical Engineering, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia, Department of Medical Engineering, University of Applied Sciences Jena, Jena, Germany, and School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
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Published Online: 2006-10-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/BMT.2006.037


Heart rate variability (HRV) reflects regulatory processes of the cardiovascular system and reveals fractal characteristics. In this paper we investigated standard HRV parameters and scaling characteristics in ten athletes before, during, and after a 2-week training camp to assess the effects of short-term overtraining on cardiovascular control. High-resolution ECGs were recorded over 30 min under resting conditions 1 week before the training camp, after 1 week of training in the camp, and after 3–4 days of recovery. Standard HRV analysis was performed according to Task Force recommendations. Scaling characteristics were assessed, applying detrended fluctuation analysis (DFA). Standard HRV analysis showed significant changes in meanNN and rmssd during the training camp. DFA revealed three distinct regions of scale-invariance and significant alterations during the training camp. In conclusion, HRV might be used to monitor the training state in athletes.

Keywords: detrended fluctuation analysis; heart rate variability; overtraining

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Corresponding author: Dr. Mathias Baumert, The University of Adelaide, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Adelaide SA 5005, Australia Phone: +61-8-83034115 Fax: +61-8-83034360

Published Online: 2006-10-25

Published in Print: 2006-10-01

Citation Information: Biomedizinische Technik, Volume 51, Issue 4, Pages 201–204, ISSN (Online) 1862-278X, ISSN (Print) 0013-5585, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/BMT.2006.037.

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