Sports medicine / Leisure sport

Avoid strain and better manage training

Target group and overview

Runners, cyclists, walkers, hikers or cross-country skiers: amateur athletes of all ages should know whether their heart and vessels are healthy and which “dosage” and training intensity are optimal. Regular sports medicine examinations give you clarity about the status of your health and your capabilities. They can also help to avoid functional disorders, strains and cardiac diseases or spot them in time.

It is common for amateur athletes to die suddenly from heart failure. The most common causes are congenital heart defects and infections that have spread and can affect the heart if training is started too early. During our comprehensive examination, we check whether your heart is healthy and whether you can keep training.

Amateur athletes often come to us with symptoms of strain, such as weakness, tiredness, sleep disorders or loss of appetite. They often train a lot (too much) and wonder why their performance does not improve. We give individual advice about training, following diagnostics. We also give tips for how they can perform better and tolerate more exercise, with the right combination of motivation to train and setting breaks, because recovery phases are training phases.

Benefits for you

✔ Certainty about the status of your health, performance and how much exercise you can do

Prevention of damage to health and strain

Risk avoidance

✔ Better training management

What is covered (basic check)

The “leisure sport” health and performance check covers: 

Comprehensive medical history
Lifestyle, risk factors, illnesses and pre-existing conditions in the family

Thorough internal medicine and sports medicine examination
• Measurement of height, weight, waist and body fat
• Blood sampling to check the function of liver, kidneys, cholesterol and carbohydrate metabolism
• Basic “heart” diagnostics (measurement of resting blood pressure, resting ECG)
• Exercise-tolerance test on cycle or treadmill ergometer
• Lactate performance diagnostics to assess your stamina, find out your idea training zone and monitor how your performance improves

Optional: 
• Echocardiogram for reliable measurement and assessment of any enlargement of individual ventricles, thickening of the heart’s walls, changes in the heart valves and movement disorders in the myocardium
• Lung function, in order to determine lung volume and respiratory capacity
Cardiopulmonary exercise test to accurately assess the performance of your cardiopulmonary system and metabolism

Personal concluding discussion and documentation:
• Discussion of your investigation results
• Recommendations for training
• Detailed doctor’s letter (you and your GP will receive one by post a few days later)

If we gather relevant findings during the “leisure sport” basic examination, we will recommend the logical next steps from a medical point of view. We have a very wide range of up-to-the-minute diagnostics at our fingertips. If necessary, we can perform a large number of additional investigations in our centre and in close cooperation with our colleagues in other departments at Klinikum Rechts der Isar and German Heart Centre Munich. You benefit from close, personal cooperation, short waiting times, no loss of information and the highest level of skill.

Time required

The complete examination, including concluding discussion, takes around four hours.


Preparation

Please bring the following with you to your appointment:
• Your health insurance card or a certificate of referral
• Any preliminary findings and medical reports
• Your medication plan, if you are taking any medication
• Sportswear and trainers for the exercise test
• Toiletries for showering
• A snack

Please also note:
• You must have an empty stomach for the examination (your last meal should be at least eight hours before)
• Avoid intense physical exercise the day before the examination
• Do not drink alcohol or eat fatty food the evening before
• On the day of the examination, keep taking any regular medication as prescribed

Also available

Medical and sports medicine advice for training: ambitious amateur athletes, in particular, benefit from our detailed, tailored training plan to improve their performance in the long term or to train effectively for competitions such as half-marathons, marathons, triathlons and cycle racing.
The plans are devised by our experienced team, in particular Dr. Katrin Esefeld, doctor and triple world champion triathlete (age group) and Dr. Mario Weichenberger, experienced sports scientist and link to Olympiastützpunkt Bayern.
The plans are based on the results of our investigations.

Would you like to be examined and advised?
We are glad to be here for you!

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