Navigation Links
Too Much Travel May Be Tough on Olympians
Date:8/9/2012

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- As thousands of elite athletes gather in London to make their respective runs for gold, a new study suggests they face a higher risk of becoming ill if they travel across more than five time zones to get to a competition than if they compete at home.

The researchers studied the health of more than 250 high-level rugby players who took part in a 16-week tournament in three countries during 2010. The teams were from Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, and they went to places that were at least two time zones from their own (and as many as 11).

More than 72 percent of them reported illnesses, and they were sick 21 out of every 1,000 player days.

Those who played at home before going abroad had an illness rate of 15.4 for every 1,000 player days, but the rate grew to 32.6 in places whose time zones were five or more hours away from the players' homes. It didn't matter in which direction the athletes traveled.

When the players got back home after being abroad, their illness rate fell to 10.6 per 1,000 player days.

About a third of illnesses were respiratory problems, followed by gut conditions (28 percent) and skin and soft tissue disorders (23 percent). Most of the illnesses were due to infections.

Could air travel itself account for the health issues? The researchers don't think so, since the illness rates dropped when the players got home.

"The results from our study indicate that the illness risk is not directly related to the travel itself, but rather the arrival and location of the team at a distant destination," the authors wrote.

Potential causes could include pollution, the aggravation of allergies, exposure to different foods and germs, and changes in temperature, humidity and altitude.

The study appears online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

More information

For details about traveler's health, try the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

-- Randy Dotinga

SOURCE: BMJ news release, Aug. 8, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Travel to High Altitudes Tied to Crohns, Colitis Flare-Ups
2. Business Travel Harmful to Health: Medical & Personal Fitness Experts Announce "Exercise is Solution to Many Travel Ailments"
3. Travel and Other Adventures Can Boost Happiness
4. Climate Change Could Be Tough on Seniors Health: Study
5. Study Shows New Option for Kids With Tough-to-Treat Leukemia
6. Brain Surgery Might Ease Tough-to-Treat OCD
7. Stress May Be Tougher on Womens Hearts Than Mens: Study
8. Taking Away Car Keys Can Be Tough for Older Drivers
9. New prostate cancer screening guidelines face a tough sell, study suggests
10. Local Woodinville Contractor, Washington State Kitchen and Bath, Combats Toxic Mold, Adhering to the Toughest Mold Protection Standards in the Nation with New Promotion
11. Farmers tough on artificial limbs
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Too Much Travel May Be Tough on Olympians
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... ... prescription opioid overdose deaths now claim the lives of 62 Americans each day.(1) ... filings against drug manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies and prescribers by more than half.(2) ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... , ... April 24, 2017 , ... ... designed to recognize elevated anxiety levels in people with addiction who are served ... Smart Patch, a biosensing wearable device that monitors heart and breath rates to ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... April 24, 2017 , ... ... health of individuals with HIV because it is not known to have significant ... have favorable effects to both lower cholesterol levels and dampen inflammation in the ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... ... Come to PAINWeekEnd (PWE) Tampa on May 20 and 21, at the ... 2-day program. , An attendee at a recent PAINWeekEnd said, "Very helpful, wish ... course entitled Ain't Misbehavin': Decreasing and Managing Pain Patient Aberrant Behavior, presented by Dr. ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... FOREST KNOLLS, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... April 24, 2017 , ... ... and health topics, but she has not found any of them to be very ... weekly actions to slowly and easily make changes in their health. It prompted her ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/20/2017)... , April 20, 2017  Vivify Health, the pioneer ... has been awarded a very significant patent for the ... to continual care via digital health.  This landmark patent ... property and further secures Vivify,s position as the leader ... 2009, was the first company to apply consumer mobile ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... April 20, 2017 Research and Markets has ... Innovation Driven by Rapidly Expanding Injectables Market and Increasing Usage of ... ... delivery technologies will rise from USD 20 Billion in 2015 to ... Drug Delivery Technologies - Innovation Driven by Rapidly Expanding Injectables Market ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the ... Application Analysis, Regional Outlook, Growth Trends, Key Players, Competitive Strategies ... ... was valued at US$ 7,167.6 Mn in 2015, and is ... a CAGR of 5.6% from 2016 to 2024. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: