Comparison of Some Kidney Functions and Blood Proteins between Short and Long-Distance Runners


  • Dr. Shatha Hazim Gorgees


The physical and mental condition of runners is very complex which involves many health risks in-spite of the fact that exercise brings in many benefits in an individual. In recent years it is found that ultramarathon is growing as a unique sport which is defined as a running activity that lasts for more than 6 hrs and is longer than a traditional marathon which is of 42.195 kms (Knechtle and Nikolaidis, 2015, 2018). Few studies have been conducted on effects of vigorous activities and heat stress in kidney functions and the relation between running of short and long-distance and kidney functions are also not well elaborated in previous literature. Runners are usually prone to number of illnesses and injuries and it is also found that extreme running efforts causes AKI (Acute Kidney Injuries) (Kao et al., 2015). Thermal denaturation profiles of serum proteins are monitored in runners through DSC (Differential scanning calorimetry) technique and it is observed that heat capacity profile of blood serum protein is changed due to extreme physical fatigue. The technique provides details regarding “heat capacity changes of physiological fluids like blood plasma/serum, cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid to monitor various physiological responses” in health and disease.