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      Comparison of Pituitary Responses to Physical Exercise in Athletes and Sedentary Subjects

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          Serum growth hormone (GH), prolactin (PRL), cortisol, luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels were evaluated before and after a bicycle ergometer exercise test in 8 male competitive volleyball players and in 8 sedentary healthy males of the same age. Increased serum GH and cortisol values after exercise in both groups were found, whereas an exercise-induced PRL release was observed in athletes only. Serum levels of LH, FSH and TSH were unaffected by the test in all subjects. A possible role of training in conditioning the hypothalamopituitary exercise-induced secretion is suggested.

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          Journal
          HRE
          Horm Res Paediatr
          10.1159/issn.1663-2818
          Hormone Research in Paediatrics
          S. Karger AG
          1663-2818
          1663-2826
          1985
          1985
          26 November 2008
          : 21
          : 4
          : 209-213
          Affiliations
          aDepartment of Internal Medicine and bInstitute of Sport Medicine, University of Genova, Italy
          Article
          180050 Horm Res 1985;21:209–213
          10.1159/000180050
          3924810
          © 1985 S. Karger AG, Basel

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