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Department of Medicine Seminar Series

Dr Kate Thomas

Senior Lecturer, Department of Surgical Sciences

The Athlete’s Vein: Venous Adaptations in the Lower Limb in Endurance Athletes

Endurance exercise is known to induce cardiovascular adaptations; the athletic phenotypes of the heart and peripheral arteries have been well characterised. Endurance exercise also leads to expanded blood volume, the majority of which resides in the veins and must be mobilised in exercise. However, there are very few studies investigating how chronic exercise exposure changes the venous system of the lower limb. The aim of this study was to perform a detailed assessment of the morphology and function of lower limb deep and superficial veins in athletes compared to untrained controls using ultrasound and air plethysmography. The findings highlight adaptations that occur to compensate for the demands of regular endurance exercise in a time when exercise is so central to healthy living philosophies.

Registration and attendance

All University of Otago and Southern District Health Board staff and students are welcome to attend.

Due to COVID restrictions, there is limited seating in the seminar room. Please either attend via zoom or, if attending in person, please register your name at

Zoom ID: 785276986
Password: 580603

Date Friday, 29 October 2021
Time 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Audience Allied health professionals,Staff
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Seminar
DepartmentMedicine (Dunedin)
LocationVia Zoom and 9th Floor Seminar Room, Dunedin Public Hospital, Dunedin
Contact NameAmanda Buchanan

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