Project Description

Physical performance analysis and determination of organ functional capacities and reserves is a critical dimension for the design of successful exercise intervention programs. For exercise to function as a beneficial biological stressor it is required that the thresholds for induction of adaptive responses and the safe limits for avoiding tissue and organ damage are determined and respected. While such task is important even for elite athletes, it is critical for people with cardiovascular or respiratory insufficiency or other conditions including diabetes and other hormonal imbalances. Obesity poses additional physical and musculoskeletal limitations, which require careful analysis and possibly management prior to exercise prescription.