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  • 1 Department of Health Sciences and Sports Medicine, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary H-1123 Budapest, Alkotás u. 44, Hungary
  • | 2 Department of Health Sciences and Sports Medicine, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary H-1123 Budapest, Alkotás u. 44, Hungary
  • | 3 Department of Health Sciences and Sports Medicine, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary H-1123 Budapest, Alkotás u. 44, Hungary
  • | 4 Department of Health Sciences and Sports Medicine, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary H-1123 Budapest, Alkotás u. 44, Hungary
  • | 5 Department of Conditioning and Internal Medicine National Institute of Sports Medicine, Budapest, Hungary
  • | 6 Department of Health Sciences and Sports Medicine, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary H-1123 Budapest, Alkotás u. 44, Hungary
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The purpose of this cross-sectional investigation was to estimate the age at which specific traits of the “athlete's heart”first appear and how they evolve from the beginning of regular physical training until young adulthood in healthy active males. Male athletes (n=389) and non-athletes (n=55) aged between 9 and 20 years were examined by two-dimensionally guided M-mode and Doppler echocardiography. Intragroup differences were examined by t-tests for independent samples between age groups of two years each. Morphologic variables were related to body size by using ratio indices in which the power terms of numerator and denominator were matched. Relative left ventricular muscle mass (LVMM) was significantly larger in the athletic males at age of 11–12, and this significant difference was maintained with advancing age. Most of this increase of LVMM could be attributed to the increase in wall thickness that became significantly manifest first in the 13- to 14-year-old athletic subjects but was demonstrable in all the other groups. A significantly larger left ventricular internal diameter was only found in the age-group of 15–16. Fractional shortening percentage (FS%) did not show any change, while resting heart rate was decreased in our athletic groups.

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