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"Sport Medicine Journal" No.30 - 2012
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Evaluation the functional status of the liver in elite Jordanian athletes

Ziad Ermili1, Kamal Mansi2, Talal Aburjai3, Ahmad Bani Ata4, Ziad M. Hawamdeh3
1Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Jordan, Amman-Jordan
2Faculty of Science, Al al-Bayt University, Mafraq, Jordan
3Faculty of Physical Education, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
4Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan


Owing to considerable physical, endocrinological and metabolic adaptations, the analysis of biochemical data in elite and top-class athletes requires caution. With the aim to identify metabolic and biochemical adaptations to particular lifestyle conditions, such as regular and strenuous physical exercise  we measured the concentration of liver enzymes, bilirubin and serum albumin in Jordanian top athletes  A healthy liver is essential to optimum performance by athletes. Good liver function is required to burn fat, build muscle, and provide energy. Sixty Jordanian first class athletes (34 males and 26 females, mean age 19.8 ± 2 year with training experience of at least 5 years and with a minimal training load of eighteen training hours per week participated in competitive different sports  chosen in our  study. Group of healthy male and female (control group), matched for age and gender was also included (n=60). No subject revealed evidences of cardiovascular disease, diabetes (fasting glucose <7mmol/liter) or hypertension (blood pressure <130/80 mm Hg) when tested by specialized physicians. The levels of aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine transaminase (ALT) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) for evaluation the liver functions in athletes in different groups were measured 15 to18 hours rest and 12 hours fasting using commercial analytical kits. Our results showed a significant differences (p<0.5) were observed between experimental and control group for AST (34.18±13.23 and 26.19±7.42 IU/L respectively), for ALT (28.47±8.43 and 17.38±10.83 IU/L respectively) and for ALP (127.85±67.54 and 83.49±19.45 IU/L respectively). The concentration of serum albumin was decreased in athletes, but the difference did not reach statistical significance (controls: 4.82± 0.37 g/l; athletes 4.72± 0.27 g/l).  No effect of endurance exercise on serum bilirubin in healthy athletes.  We concluded that the most abnormalities observed on routine biochemical screening in elite Jordanian athletes are of no clinical significance.
Key words:

athletes, physical exercise, liver

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Evaluation the functional status of the liver in elite Jordanian athletes

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