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Lower white blood cell counts in elite athletes training for highly aerobic sports

Horn, Peggy; Pyne, David; Hopkins, Will G; Barnes, Chris


White cell counts at rest might be lower in athletes participating in selected endurance-type sports. Here, we analysed blood tests of elite athletes collected over a 10-year period. Reference ranges were established for 14 female and 14 male sports involving 3,679 samples from 937 females and 4,654 samples from 1,310 males. Total white blood cell counts and counts of neutrophils, lymphocytes and monocytes were quantified. Each sport was scaled (1-5) for its perceived metabolic stress...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: European Journal of Applied Physiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00421-010-1573-9


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