Blood Biomarker Monitoring in Elite Athletes

Blood cells.

This study explores the interrelationships among blood biomarkers and training load in elite athletes to enable peak athletic performance and health.

Principal InvestigatorJ. Luke Pryor, PhD, ATC, CSCS

Funding Agency: Quest Diagnostics and U.S. Rowing

Period: 2017-2020

Abstract: Poorly managed training loads combined with highly congested competition calendars can negatively affect athlete performance, health, and well-being. Which indicators of external (watts, exercise duration, etc.) and internal (heart rate, lactate, perception, etc.) training load are best for monitoring change and adjusting subsequent training routines remains a critical gap in our knowledge. An emerging approach to evaluate the effect of training, competition, and other life stressors on athlete health and performance is blood biomarkers. A comprehensive list of blood biomarkers represent a promising tool that coaches and athletes can gain insight into several key biological systems affected by training. Long-term blood biomarker data is greatly needed in elite level athletes to establish how much change, and in which biomarkers, would relate with and be predictive of health and wellness improvement, recovery, and performance enhancement. This study explores the interrelationships among blood biomarkers and training load to enable optimal athletic performance and health.