From research to (medical) practice - Sport Cardiological Forum

"In relationship to physical training involving myocardial diseases or weaknesses, recommendations are still frequently being discussed today that are 30 years old," criticizes Prof. Dr. Martin Halle, Vice Dean at the TUM Department of Sport and Health Sciences. In regard to the training intensity and modalities, only little has changed according to Prof. Halle. Especially practitioners in the field frequently lack the know-how in order to design training plans ideally.

For this reason, the 3rd German Sport Cardiological Forum will be held in Bad Wiessee on the lake Tegernsee from September 25-26. "We wish to locate the scientific knowledge currently found in the region around Munich and present this to an audience of professionals: Sport physicians, cardiologists, internists oriented especially in cardiology and also sport scientists," explains Halle.

The Head medical Director of the Department for Prevention, Rehabilitation and Sport Medicine of the TU Munich is the scientific director of the forum together with Prof. Dr. Christian Firschke, Head Physician of Cardiology/Internal Medicine at the organizers (Medical Park, Bad Wiessee, St. Hubertus). The German Society for Sport Medicine and Prevention is participating as the sponsor. The Sport Cardiological Forum is certified by the Bavarian Medical Association and consequently recognized as a continuing-education program.

Studies: In cases of myocardial illness, physical exertion demonstrates a positive effect

Scientifically-supported knowledge which verifies the effectiveness of training has actually already been collected for a number of years. In the course of a Europa-wide cooperative study (SmartEX and OptimEX), the Center for Prevention and Sport Medicine has been able to prove that highly intensive training demonstrates positive effects in cases involving myocardial weakness.

"The problem is, for example, that patients suffering from a myocardial infarction are prescribed three weeks of rehabilitation and then possibly participate in one or two heart group sessions," criticizes Halle. During this time, the patients should actually learn that they can and should continue to train afterward. Precisely here, however, the interaction of science and practice is insufficient and fears for the risk of complications through intensive training exist.

Topic of this Sport Cardiological Forum is correspondingly the specific strains on the heart related to different types of sport as well as the possibilities and limitations in athletic activities for varying illnesses of the heart and lungs. A self-evaluation run including a lactase measurement will additionally provide the participants with a possibility to move themselves.

Consultants: Interdisciplinary experts of the department

Aside from the Vice Dean of the Department for Sport and Health Sciences, Dr. Axel Pressler, Private Lecturer and Dr. Johannes Scheer, Private Lecturer (both from the Department for Prevention, Rehabilitation and Sport Medicine) report along with Dr. Peter Gröppel (Chair for Sport Psychology) and Dr. Jan Müller (Chair for Preventive Pediatrics), as well as other staff members of the faculty. "This shows to what a wide range the faculty, with its expertise, is already able to cover and also accentuates the potential for the future," summarizes Halle.

Aside from the German Sport Cardiological Forum on September 25 and 26, the Symposium of Sport Cardiology will already be taking place on December 5 in the Deutsche Herzzentrum in Munich, which is organized by the TU Munich every two years in cooperation with the Private Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg.

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Prof. Dr. med. Martin Halle
Zentrum für Prävention und Sportmedizin
Klinikum rechts der Isar
Uptown Munich, Campus C
Georg-Brauchle Ring 56
80992 Munich

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