Study design

Who can participate? (Only in Australia)

We are recruiting people in the following categories.

Young elite athletes:

  • Aged 16–23.
  • Competing in endurance based activities (triathlon, cycling, rowing, canoeing, distance running swimming at state or national level).
  • Planning to continue endurance sport at a competitive level for at least the next 5 years.

Retiring elite athletes:

  • Aged 28–45.
  • Within 12 months of retirement from elite competition in an endurance based activity at state or national level.

Retired elite athletes:

  • Aged 45–80.
  • Have retired after 10 years competition in rowing at national or international level.

Retiring elite athletes:

  • Aged 16–75.
  • have:
    • AF or atrial flutter; or
    • ventricular arrhythmia; or
    • a resting HR < 35 bpm; or
    • an abnormal cardiac function.

What is involved?

This study involves baseline testing and a repeat test in 2 years.

Testing will be scheduled over 2 days and involve a maximum of 5 hours.

The tests we will be conducting are:

  • Cardiac Magnetic Resonance imaging (CMR)
  • heart ultrasound
  • VO2max
  • DEXA scan
  • 24h Holter monitor
  • blood samples, height, weight

Retired athletes will undergo a repeat electrocardiogram and 7-day Holter monitor every 6 months for 2 years in addition to the baseline testing.

If you are interested and would like further information please contact:

Kristel Janssens