oa South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Exercise and upper respiratory tract infections: a review

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



Despite equivocal findings in early laboratory and longitudinal studies investigating the relationship between exercise and infection risk, recent carefully controlled work appears to point towards a paradoxical response of the host defence and immune systems to endurance exercise; whereas long-term regular training is thought to stimulate these systems, acute exposure to exhaustive endurance exercise has been associated wiitli transient suppression thereof.

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