Exercise physiology studies the physiology of physical exercise/activity. This involves the function of metabolic, cardiorespiratory, muscular and neuroendocrine/ immunological systems during/following physical activity, exercise & training.
Consequently, the sports community importantly relies on exercise physiology to enhance sports performance. As such, a wide range of exercise physiological studies contributed to sports performance optimization especially in elite sports. However, exercise physiological advances also help to reverse many inactivity-related comorbidities resulting from almost all chronic diseases.
In fact, to date it is clear that exercise therapy can reduce disease progression! In keeping with this we study the underlying mechanisms by which exercise therapy affects health-related outcomes in multiple sclerosis, heart failure, obesity, insulin resistance and type II diabetes and aging.
Within this context the ADLON Sports Medical Center (www.adlon.be) of our faculty offers a wide-range of performance tests for recreational and elite athletes.
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Eijnde BO, Derave W, Richter EA, Wojtaszewski JFP, Hespel P. AMP-kinase expression and activity: effects of immobilization, retraining and creatine supplementation. J Appl Physiol 98: 1228-1233 2005.
Broekmans T, Roelants M, Feys P, Alders G, Gijbels D, Hanssen I, Stinissen P, Eijnde BO. Effects of long-term resistance training and simultaneous electro-stimulation on muscle strength and functional mobility in multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis 17(4): 468-477, 2011. (IF: 4,3)
Wens I, Dalgas U, Stenage E, Eijnde BO. Risk factors related to cardiovascular diseases and the metabolic syndrome in Multiple Sclerosis - a systematic review. Multiple Sclerosis 19(12): 1556-64, 2013.
Wens I, Hansen D, Verboven K, Deckx N, Kosten L, Stevens AL, Cools N, Eijnde BO. Impact of 24 Weeks of Resistance and Endurance Exercise on Glucose Tolerance in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis. American Journal Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 94(10 Suppl 1):838-47, 2015.
Keytsman C, Eijnde BO, Hansen D, Verboven K, Wens I. Elevated cardiovascular risk factors in Multiple Sclerosis. MS & Related Disorders. 17: 220-223, 2017.