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Medicina dello Sport 2018 September;71(3):413-28

DOI: 10.23736/S0025-7826.18.03047-8

Copyright © 2018 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English, Italian

The different metabolomic profile of acupuncture stimulation in athletes after an 800-m running race and a training lesson

Bo GUO 1, Ying WU 1, Xingfang WANG 1, Yongjun ZHAO 2, Haifeng MA 1, Yinri JIN 1

1 Shanghai University of Sport, Shanghai, China; 2 Anhui Sports Vocational and Technical College, Hefei, China


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BACKGROUND: The study is to investigate the different effects of traditional acupuncture on athletes who had done an 800-meter running race and exhaustive 3-hour drill by approach of NMR-based metabolomics.
METHODS: Nineteen male athletes were randomly divided into two groups: training with acupuncture as a test group (A group) and training without acupuncture as a control group (R group). Both of the groups were loaded with 2 exercise programs: the single 800-meter running race program (program E) and the exhausting training class program (program T), 4 acupuncture points were selected: ST36, BL23, RN4 and BL40 on A group. The urine samples were collected at three different time points: before (E0, T0); 35 minutes after (E35, T35) exercise and 30 minutes after the different treatments (EA, ER; TA, TR). NMR measurements and Multivariate data analysis methods were applied.
RESULTS: The metabolic cluster of EA and ER samples were moved closer towards E0, but the cluster of EA was not separated from ER. Samples TA and TR were separated in a PCA score plot. OPLS-DA score plots of TA samples moved closer towards T0 than TR.
CONCLUSIONS: Based on proton NMR spectral analysis, acupuncture has different regulatory effects on different exercise programs. Acupuncture has no significant effect for the athletes with single 800-meter running race but has effect for the athletes with exhausting overload.


KEY WORDS: Metabolomics - Acupuncture therapy - Fatigue - Exercise

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