Gastroenterology and Exercise
By Professor Henry LY Chan
Two important areas of gastroenterology disorders related to sports and exercise are infection and stress related problems. Sports with bleeding injury have a risk of contacting hepatitis B and C viral infection. It may give rise to acute hepatitis, which may develop into chronic hepatitis or even progress to liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. Diarrheal disease may be acquired through water sports. Outbreak of norovirus infection has been reported among athletes. Abdominal symptoms are very common among athletes due to stress-related disorder. In this lecture, basic medical knowledge and approach to these gastroenterological problems will be introduced and discussed.