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Excerpt — History of Exercise Physiology

Early German roots of exercise physiology

In 1719, Friedrich Hoffmann (1660-1742), a physician from Halle, obtained his doctoral degree with experimental investigations about the effects of physical exercise on the human cardiovascular system and on digestion.

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Harvard Fatigue Laboratory influential in promoting exercise physiology research

Despite its brief history (1927-1947), no physiology laboratory in America is more revered than the Harvard Fatigue Laboratory.

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Advances in studies of genes associated with exercise behavior traits

Several research designs and technologies have been used over the past two decades in the effort to identify genomic regions, genes, and sequence variants associated with exercise behavior and exercise biology traits.

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