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Primus inter pares

Members of ISSA have been invited to participate in a research on hypoxia-hyperoxia and cardio-pulmonary exercise testing.

Members of ISSA have been invited to participate in a research on hypoxia-hyperoxia and cardio-pulmonary exercise testing.

On December 15th 2014, members of ISSA have been invited to participate in an ongoing recent research on hypoxia-hyperoxia research and cardio-pulmonary exercise testing (CPET). The aim of this research and testing is to study and discover new ideas and scientific approach in improving the cardiac and pulmonary performance of Russian athletes competing at a world class level. This visit was guided by Denis Tuter; a post-graduate currently devoting most of his time to the above-mentioned research.

The sport school is located in the northern area of the city. During the visit, we were honored in having hands on experience on various research facilities involving two basic machines which were used for research purposes.

Firstly, we were introduced to CARDIOPULSAR, a machine which had been invented by Russia initially and was later exported to various countries including Germany and USA. CARDIOPULSAR is a complex machine which involves ECG recording, arterial pulse pressure monitoring and rhythmic adjustable muscle compressor involving the muscles of the leg, calf and pelvis. The idea of this machine is to create an ‘artificial heart’ in the lower part of the body which increases venous return into the right atria. This procedure has been ongoing for about 6 weeks, and subjects are required to undergo this procedure every 2-3 weeks after training, 40 minutes per session.

The second machine known as the REOXY, is made in Germany. In this research, this machine enables us to further study whether hypoxia-hyperoxia is able to improve the efficacy of the pulmonary system, circulatory system, tissues and cells of the body in the adaptation of lower oxygen saturated environment. This is an analogous condition to simulate the low partial pressure and oxygen saturation in the mountains where yearly, athletes are required to undergo training for a month to improve efficacy and metabolism of oxygen and various substrates. This procedure requires a subject to breathe in normally in an oxygen mask with adjustable concentration of oxygen for 30 mins.

At the end of the visit, 5 international students were selected to participate in this research and testing, in which each of them will interact with different sportsmen, collecting vital information besides of comparing the data.

The visit to the sport school is an eye-opener for members of ISSA. Such events shall be organized again in the near future.


On behalf of ISSA,

Jonathan Tan Heng Loke/Chong Kai Li

4th year, International Faculty