The Biomedical Basis of Elite Performance: Ben Levine, M.D.

Did you know two-thirds of astronauts faint when they return to earth because they lose the ability to adapt to gravity while in space? And rowers have the biggest and thickest hearts and densest bones of any athlete? By studying astronauts and athletes, Ben Levine, M.D., Professor of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, investigates human performance and the effects of exercise on the heart and circulation.

In this video, Dr. Levine, explains how his research with astronauts, whose physiology is affected by the lack of gravity, has led to research on how circulation affects bed-ridden and elite rowers. He also describes how exercise can help aid recovery from disease and the effects of space-flight.

The video, shot in March 2012, is courtesy of The Physiological Society. The Biomedical Basis of Elite Performance is an annual conference jointly organized by the The Physiological Society, the British Pharmacological Society, and Wiley-Blackwell. The Gatorade Sports Science Institute supported the conference, which took place in London, England.