Ambulatory blood pressure and Holter monitoring during tennis play

Can J Sport Sci. 1991 Mar;16(1):40-4.


The effect of tennis play on blood pressure, heart rate response, and rhythm disturbances was evaluated in 21 men 39 to 61 years of age (M = 49.5 +/- 6.7 yrs). A Holter monitor was utilized for continuous ECG recording during tennis play and a portable ambulatory blood pressure recorder (Spacelabs) was used to measure blood pressures and heart rates periodically during tennis matches. The results indicated that blood pressure response to tennis (singles), although an activity of moderate aerobic intensity, can exert significant increases in systolic and diastolic blood pressure even in those persons who are normotensive at rest. Excessive body weight, and particularly abdominal deposition, appears associated with an increase in diastolic blood pressure to exercise. Few heart rhythm disturbances of consequence were uncovered. A simple submaximal step test such as the Canadian Aerobic Fitness Test, with ECG monitoring, could assist in detecting those individuals susceptible to an exaggerated blood pressure response and to heart rhythm disturbances at exercise.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Blood Pressure / physiology*
  • Blood Pressure Monitors
  • Diastole / physiology*
  • Electrocardiography, Ambulatory
  • Heart Rate / physiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Tachycardia / diagnosis
  • Tennis*