The Benefits of Heart Rate Variability (HRV) in the Assessment of Health and Exercise Performance

Dan Tao, Yeheng He, Alistair Cole, Roger Awan-Scully, Rashmi Supriya, Yang Gao*, Julien S Baker

*Corresponding author for this work

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The purpose of this brief report is to stimulate further interest and to raise awareness in relation to the usefulness of assessing cardiac autonomic nerve function using heart rate variability (HRV). The paper outlines the mechanisms associated with HRV and the relationships between HRV, health, and athletic performance. The paper then summarizes the potential benefits of HRV in the assessment of health and exercise adaptations. The paper also provides suggestions about the practical implications of HRV measurement during data collection. We hope that the content provides useful information for the application of HRV for health evaluation and training adaptations. In addition, we hope the paper will provide a better understanding of how HRV measurements can be interpreted and used. Finally, the paper provides practical applications that are effective in the assessment of health and athletic training program outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-14
Number of pages4
JournalImaging Journal of Clinical and Medical Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sept 2022

User-Defined Keywords

  • Cardiac autonomic function
  • Health assessment
  • Practical applications


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