Doctor of Education (EDD)
Kinesiology and Sport Sciences (Education)
Date of Defense
First Committee Member
Kevin A. Jacobs - Committee Chair
Second Committee Member
Joseph F. Signorile - Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Arlette C. Perry - Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
Armando Mendez - Committee Member
Regular aerobic exercise may reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in part by lowering the concentration of inflammatory markers such as C-reactive protein (CRP). While studies in diseased populations have shown significant decreases in CRP concentrations with regular aerobic training, little has been conclusively determined regarding the effects of aerobic training on CRP concentrations in apparently healthy, untrained populations who may not be adequately screened for CVD risk by traditional methods. PURPOSE: To examine the effects of a 17-wk half marathon training program (TP) on CRP concentrations, aerobic fitness, and body composition in apparently healthy, untrained men. METHODS: Twenty men (29.3 ± 1.0 yr, 37.0 ± 1.6 mL•kg-1•min-1 VO2max, 29.1 ± 1.8% body fat) registered as training subjects (TRN) in a 17-wk half marathon TP. An additional 22 men (27.8 ± 1.4 yr, 38.8 ± 1.0 mL•kg-1•min-1 VO2max, 26.8 ± 1.4% BF) served as controls (CON). Fasting blood samples were taken at four time points over the TP and were analyzed for CRP and interleukin-6 (IL-6) concentrations. Aerobic capacity (VO2max) and body fat (BF%) were measured before and after the TP. RESULTS: No significant changes in CRP (P=0.69) or IL-6 concentrations (P=0.73) were seen in TRN as a result of the TP despite significant improvements in VO2max (42.2 ± 1.9 ml•kg-1•min-1, P<0.0001), resting heart rate (P =0.004), BF% (P =0.03) and BMI (P =0.05). No significant changes in CRP, aerobic fitness, BMI or BF% were detected in CON over time. CONCLUSION: Moderate, long-term aerobic training does not appear to affect CRP concentrations in apparently healthy, untrained men despite significant improvements in BW, BF%, BMI, and VO2max.
BMI; Cardiovascular Disease Risk; Body Fat; Inflammation; Aerobic Fitness
Stoutenberg, Mark, "Aerobic Training Does Not Alter CRP Concentrations in Apparently Healthy, Untrained Men" (2008). Open Access Dissertations. 165.