2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race – Leg 2 Update

Medical TestingFollowing our post last month on the kick-off of the 2014-2015 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, Team Alvimedica arrived in Cape Town, South Africa and secured a fifth place finish.  Despite being on terra firma once again, their hard work did not stop (except maybe for a quick round of showers that I can only assume were much needed).

During the team’s time in port, they underwent medical tests performed by researchers hoping to make developments in the field of heart health.  By allowing the doctors to run the tests immediately before and after the leg from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa, they are hoping to learn about how stress can manifest itself in cardiovascular system functioning.  Findings will not only help to prove (or disprove) the researchers’ hypotheses, but will also provide information to the sailors that could help them to perform more successfully.

November 19th marked the beginning of the Volvo Ocean Race’s second leg as the sailors set out for Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in some exciting conditions.  With breeze ranging from 5 knots to 40 knots, it’s hard to imagine there was not a significant effect on the sailors’ heart rates.

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