Serum ferritin and serum iron changes after cross-country and roller ski endurance races

A. Pattini, F. Schena, G. C. Guidi

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We have studied the variations induced in iron status parameters by four endurance races of different lengths. A comprehensive group of 48 healthy, non-iron deficient, endurance athletes were evaluated before and after four different cross-country and roller ski races: I = Skirollonga, roller ski race for individuals (n = 10), mean duration (MD) = I h 48 min; II = Marcialonga, cross-country ski race for individuals (n = 9) MD = 3 h 10 min; III = 12-h of Caldonazzo (Trento-Italy) roller ski relay race (n = 13) MD = 12 h; IV = 24-h of Pinzolo (Trento-Italy) cross-country ski relay race (n = 16) MD = 24 h. In the relays the MD includes both exercise and recovery times. Blood samples were taken before and after every race for the determination of the following haematological parameters: red blood count, haemoglobin, and packed cell volume, serum iron concentration [SI], serum ferritin concentration [FERR] and total iron binding capacity (TIBC). The results showed a constant significant increase of [FERR] after the races (+ 44.9% in I, + 50.5% in II, + 51.2% in III and + 36.5% in IV, P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-60
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1990


  • Cross-country skiers
  • Endurance races
  • Iron status
  • Roller skiers
  • Serum ferritin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Physiology


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