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Diagnostics Hematology, Biochemistry and molecular biology

This Sporting Life

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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About the Author

Giuseppe Banfi

Giuseppe Banfi is an associate professor of clinical biochemistry and clinical molecular biology at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, Italy. He is also the scientific director of Milan’s IRCCS Galeazzi Orthopaedic Institute and San Donato Hospital Group Foundation. He is also the director general of the Fondazione Centro San Raffaele, a non-profit organization created to support the research of the IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital and to improve the integration of scientific research and clinical care activities. His main research interests include biochemistry and hematology in sports medicine, biochemistry of bone tissue, management of orthopedics and healthcare technology assessment.

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