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Textbook of Sports and Exercise Cardiology

  • Provides a comprehensive reference resource for sports cardiology

  • Features practically focused chapters with clear learning objectives and a variety of clinical cases

  • Covers novel topics including safety in the sports arena and cardiology in master athletes

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Table of contents (52 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Sports Cardiology in Young Competitive Athletes

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Definition of Athletes and Classification of Sports

      • María Sanz de la Garza, Paolo Emilio Adami
      Pages 3-11
    3. The Cardiologist as Part of the Athlete Medical Team

      • Christine E. Lawless
      Pages 13-28
    4. Athlete’s Heart: Basic Physiology and Adaptation to Exercise

      • Christian M. Schmied, Matthias Wilhelm
      Pages 29-51
    5. Impact of Sporting Disciplines and Body Size on the Athlete’s Heart

      • Gherardo Finocchiaro, Keith Phillip George
      Pages 53-71
    6. Medical Evaluation of Athletes: Medical History and Physical Examination

      • Hanne K. Rasmusen, Christian M. Schmied
      Pages 95-111
    7. Medical Evaluation of Athletes: Electrocardiogram

      • Jordan M. Prutkin, Jonathan A. Drezner
      Pages 113-134
    8. Medical Evaluation of Athletes: Echocardiography

      • Flavio D’Ascenzi, David Oxborough
      Pages 135-151
    9. Medical Evaluation of Athletes: Exercise Testing

      • David Niederseer, Herbert Löllgen
      Pages 181-201
    10. Medical Evaluation of Athletes: Genetic Testing

      • Belinda Gray, Michael Papadakis
      Pages 203-221
    11. Specific Cardiovascular Diseases and Competitive Sports Participation: Arrhythmias

      • Alessandro Biffi, Alessandro Zorzi, Domenico Corrado
      Pages 303-316
    12. Specific Cardiovascular Diseases and Competitive Sports Participation: Pacemakers and ICD

      • Hielko Miljoen, Rachel Lampert, Hein Heidbuchel
      Pages 317-339

About this book

This textbook provides a comprehensive, yet practically orientated overview of classic and novel sports cardiology topics, based on current evidence, guidelines, recommendations and expert experience. Numerous publications have provided guidance to these issues, but it has become increasingly difficult for both students and doctors to obtain a thorough, but practicable overview for optimal clinical care of athletes and patients. This book is intended as an educational work, filling the large gaps that are still present in the current educational guidelines for medical students and cardiology trainees.

 Textbook of Sports and Exercise Cardiology differs from other sports cardiology books by focusing on clear, practical recommendations based on the latest evidence, primarily targeting those who seek professional background information and education that can easily be transferred into everyday care.


  • Sports Cardiology
  • Sudden cardiac death
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Exercise testing
  • Performance athletes
  • Exercise Training

Editors and Affiliations

  • Private Center for Sports and Exercise Cardiology, München, Germany

    Axel Pressler

  • University Institute of Sports Medicine Prevention and Rehabilitation, Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria

    Josef Niebauer

About the editors

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Axel Pressler, born 1970, is running a private center for sports and exercise cardiology in Munich, Germany. He is a specialist in internal medicine and cardiology and has focused his clinical and scientific interests on sports cardiology, which has evolved in recent years as a novel, important subspecialty at the interface of cardiology, sports and preventive medicine. He clinically cares for both athletes and cardiac patients who seek medical advice regarding safe and effective sports participation and optimal medical or non-pharmacological therapy. Prior to this, Axel Pressler has worked over years as a senior physician and researcher at the Department of Prevention, Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, Technical University of Munich (TUM), which is among the largest sports medicine and cardiology centers in Germany. He is still teaching students at the TUM and has regular lectures on sports cardiology and prevention issues. He is a nucleus member of both the German and European Working Groups of Sports Cardiology and is involved in writing specific guidelines for sports participation with cardiac disease and prevention of sudden cardiac death. 

Prof. Josef Niebauer, MD, PhD, MBA is a specialist in internal medicine, cardiology, sports medicine and sports cardiology. He is the university chair and clinical director of the Institute of Sports Medicine, Prevention and Rehabilitation at the Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg and is also responsible for the Olympic Centre Salzburg-Rif. Each year, several thousand leisure-time to world class athletes, healthy as well as patient athletes, but also patients suffering and/or recovering from cardiovascular, pulmonary and metabolic diseases receive as required pre-participation screening, medical examinations, advice, therapy, and training recommendations. 
Among others he is the current president of the Austrian Society of Prevention and Rehabilitation, Vice- and Past-President of the Austrian Society of Sports Medicine and Prevention, as well as chair-elect of the Sports Cardiology section of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology, an association of the European Society of Cardiology. He lectures at several universities, has received interantional awards for his clinical as well as scientific exerpertise and has published more than 240 manuscripts in leading medical journals and books worldwide. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Textbook of Sports and Exercise Cardiology

  • Editors: Axel Pressler, Josef Niebauer

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-35373-5

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-35376-6

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-35374-2

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 1093

  • Number of Illustrations: 43 b/w illustrations, 163 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Cardiology, Sports Medicine

Buying options

eBook USD 89.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-35374-2
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 169.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)