This Sporting Life
Physical activity is an important preanalytical variable in blood analysis and here’s why.
Giuseppe Banfi |
Clinical pathology data play an important role in advancing sports medicine. Biochemical and hematological parameters help assess the health of recreational and professional athletes, prevent infectious diseases and injuries, measure performance, and, detect the use of illicit and unethical substances or methods (1) (something that is becoming ever more important given the recent negative media attention that doping in athletes has gained). As a result, the preanalytical phase is crucial for evaluating and interpreting clinical data, especially when laboratory results may have legal consequences for the athlete.
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