Importance of use external hearth rate monitor in popular racing population

  • Rosanna De La Rosa-Eduardo Professor, School of Health Sciences, Public University of Navarre, Pamplona- Spain.
  • Raquel Sáenz- Mendia Professor, School of Health Sciences, Public University of Navarre, Pamplona- Spain.
  • Marta Ferraz-Torres Professor, School of Health Sciences, Public University of Navarre, Pamplona- Spain.
  • Aguinaga Ontoso Professor, School of Health Sciences, Public University of Navarre, Pamplona- Spain.
  • Francisco Guillen- Grima Professor, School of Health Sciences, Public University of Navarre, Pamplona- Spain.
Keywords: Runners, Injuries, Amateurs, Heart rate, Cardiovascular risk


Background: Healthy lifestyle habits more to combat the sedentary lifestyle, results in the increase in the practice of physical activity (PA) in the current population. In the past 10 years, sports racing achieved its greatest exponent; meanwhile, there is a lack of cardiovascular monitoring by the participants. The aim of this study is to know the perception of the importance of cardiovascular risk control during workouts and popular races.

Methodology: A cross-sectional epidemiological study was developed, through an "ad hoc" questionnaire in a sample of 380 non-professional runners who took part in the Donostia half marathon in the last month of 2017.

Result: The use of the heart rate monitor is predominant in 63% of the runners, and 68% never controls their pulse before training. In relation to the importance of the use of the heart rate monitor to run, 30.4% considers it nothing important. The type of technique or device used for monitoring heart rate 57.1% is controlled by breathing and 36.6% by mobile applications.

Conclusion: There is a discrepancy between the perception of the cardiovascular risk factors control expressed by participants, and the lack of cardiovascular monitoring, prior to and during the race training.



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How to Cite
Rosa-Eduardo, R. D. L., Sáenz- Mendia, R., Ferraz-Torres, M., Ontoso, A., & Guillen- Grima, F. (2019). Importance of use external hearth rate monitor in popular racing population. International Journal of Perceptions in Public Health, 3(4), 87-93. Retrieved from