Athlete Blood Testing Myths and Misconceptions.

You only need a blood test if you have symptoms such as fatigue or slow recovery. Athletes should get tested before they develop symptoms. Typically, by the time you feel the impact of unsatisfactory biomarker levels, your body likely has been performing below its potential for a while, and you’ll be challenged to get it back on track.  By checking biomarkers before symptoms develop, athletes avoid suboptimal or high levels that can hinder their performance. Read more…

Are these blood results normal for athletes?

Athlete Blood Test specializes in making sure you are optimizing your individual physiology.  That means we come across many interesting and unique findings- findings as unique as YOU!  Below you’ll find what we think of as “weird science” in the blood biomarker world: some uncommon issues, lesser-known facts, and a few unusual solutions to issues we’ve identified in athlete blood biomarkers.   White Blood Cell Count (“WBC”)   White blood cell count measures immune function or Read more…

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High iron for athletes – yes, we said high!

Iron Basics Athletes are notorious for having low iron levels, especially endurance athletes. But what if your ferritin is high? Although it’s not nearly as common, it does happen and it’s important to have your ferritin levels checked periodically to make sure you’re not too high or low, both of which can be problematic. Here’s the quick and clean on what you need to know about high ferritin as an athlete. Before we dive into Read more…

Tasty Tuesday – Iron Bites

🏋️‍♂️Iron Bites! Iron bites contain approximately 1 to 2 mg (depending on size) of iron per serving. The recommended daily intake for iron is 8 mg for adult males, 18mg for females aged 18 to 50, and 8mg for females aged 51 and older. Source Athletes may have greater iron needs than the average adult, but no specific daily intake recommendations have not been established. 👉Ingredients: ✔️2 tbsp molasses✔️6 whole dates✔️3/4 cup dried apricots✔️1/4 cup Read more…

Why should athletes care about ferritin levels even if they are not anemic?

My ferritin is low, but I’m not anemic. There are many different kinds of anemia, but iron deficiency anemia is perhaps the most common. But among athletes, iron deficiency with no anemia (IDNA) is much more prevalent. This means ferritin levels are low but red blood cell production is still normal. First, let’s define anemia, which in this context is simply not having enough red blood cells in your blood, which is measured by looking Read more…

Complete Blood Count For Athletes Explained (CBC)

The CBC or complete blood count is an important panel for athletes. Complete Blood Count For Athletes measures red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelet levels along with associated markers. For athletes, red blood cells are crucial because they are responsible for delivering oxygen around the body. During exercise efficient oxygen delivery is essential for optimal athletic performance. The white blood cells are part of the immune system. The immune system responds to stimuli Read more…

The importance of the offseason for athletes

As the year wraps up and the calendar is filled with holiday parties rather than races, it’s a great time to remind ourselves of the importance of the offseason for athletes. As an athlete, I’ll admit, the offseason can be…strange bordering on stressful. If it feels weird not to have a high training load and you’re itching to train a lot during the offseason, read on. There are several compelling reasons to dial back and Read more…

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Blood Testing for Athletes: What real athletes have to say!

Athlete Blood Test provides individually-tailored, athlete-focused blood biomarker testing to all athletes. Athletes use blood testing to help you dial in their nutrition, recovery, training, and performance. Every athlete is unique. Population-based insights aren’t our thing. Our recommendations are specific to athletic performance and are unique to you as an athlete. They take into account published research, answers from your athlete questionnaire, and experience working exclusively with athletes. Nicholas Chase on blood testing ABT has Read more…

Keys to Establishing Baseline Biomarkers

Here at Athlete Blood Test, we analyze many professional and elite athletes’ blood several times a year. Sometimes we even analyze their blood a few times during a season.  The offseason is also a critical time period, as it sets the tone for your full training and competition cycle.  It also establishes a baseline and when combined with repeat testing helps determine what is normal for you.  Athletes and their blood constantly change from day Read more…

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