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Latest developments in sport biochemistry servicing

By Dr. Yvonne Yuan

With recent installation of new instruments in the laboratory, the sport biochemistry unit has significantly expanded its services. This presentation highlights how the new parameters can be used to enhance the existing services and demonstrates the way of integrating sport biochemistry with other sport science services. For instance, the use of salivary samples for cortisol and testosterone measurement provides obvious advantages over the use of blood samples. It is also possible to assess competition stress of athletes with biochemical measurements. This provides objective feedback to athletes, coaches and sport psychologist so that the team can work together to make best use of the competition stress. The role of biochemical measurements in altitude training / hypoxic stay will also be discussed.

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