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Athletic Differences in the Characteristics of the Photoplethysmographic Pulse Shape: Effect of Maximal Oxygen Uptake and Maximal Muscular Voluntary Contraction

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Chengyu Liu, Dr Ding Chang Zheng



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This study aimed to investigate the athletic differences in the characteristics of the photoplethysmographic (PPG) pulse shape. 304 athletes were enrolled and divided into three subgroups according to a typical sport classification in terms of the maximal oxygen uptake (MaxO(2)_low, MaxO(2)_middle and MaxO(2)_high groups) or the maximal muscular voluntary contraction (MMVC_low, MMVC_middle, and MMVC_high groups). Finger PPG pulses were digitally recorded and then normalized to derive the pulse area, pulse peak time T-p, dicrotic notch time T-n, and pulse reflection index (RI). The four parameters were finally compared between the three subgroups categorized by MaxO(2) or by MMVC. In conclusion, it has been demonstrated by quantifying the characteristics of the PPG pulses in different athletes that MaxO(2), but not MMVC, had significant effect on the arterial properties.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Wang AR, Yang L, Liu CY, Cui JX, Li Y, Yang XX, Zhang S, Zheng DC

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: BioMed Research International

Year: 2015

Volume: 2015

Print publication date: 01/01/2015

Acceptance date: 05/12/2014

Date deposited: 21/08/2015

ISSN (print): 2314-6133

ISSN (electronic): 2314-6141

Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation


DOI: 10.1155/2015/752570

PubMed id: 25710022


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Funder referenceFunder name
7132028Beijing Natural Science Foundation
PXM2013_014204_07_000069Beijing Municipal Commission of Education Foundation
XH-2013-10-13Student's Program of Beijing University of Technology