Diagnostics at record speeds – POCT in high-performance sports

Interview with Professor Billy Sperlich, Head of Integrative & Experimental Exercise Science & Training, Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg

11/02/2018

Image: Prof. Billy Sperlich; Copyright: privat

Prof. Billy Sperlich, Head of Integrative & Experimental Exercise Science & Training at Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg

Image. Close-up of a blood test on the finger; Copyright: panthermedia.net/ivanriver

Point-of-care tests are often carried out in the form of blood tests, in which even a small drop – taken from the fingertip – is sufficient.

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High-performance athletes train 25 hours or more a week before a competition. To do this, they not only need to be permanently fit, but also know whether their training is successful. In both cases, point-of-care tests are a useful tool.

Image: Woman doing sports looking at her fitness watch; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Graham Oliver

In addition to point-of-care tests, wearables are also helpful for monitoring. These allow permanent measurements of the heart rate, for example.

Image: Elena Blume; Copyright: C. Schmitt

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