DOI: 10.14704/nq.2018.16.6.1647

Change of Cerebral Structural Plasticity of Track Athletes Based on Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Jianping Hu, Hongbin Jiang, Huawei Liang, Haibing Yang


To understand the influence of athletes' exercise expertise on the brain functions and structures. Using MRI technology, based on voxel morphometry, the differences in brain grey matter structure among 13 badminton players, 13 track athletes and 16 non-athletes were compared. The athletes' volume of grey matter in the bilateral precentral gyrus, left inferior parietal lobe, postcentral gyrus, orbital frontal gyrus, and superior temporal gyrus was significantly greater than those of non-athletes. Compared with track athletes, badminton athletes have significantly increased grey matter volume in the left inferior frontal gyrus, left superior parietal lobe, and left precuneus; Compared with badminton players, track athletes have obvious differences in the volume of grey matter in the inferior temporal gyrus, left middle frontal gyrus, left inferior frontal gyrus, middle part of cingulate gyrus, and the insula, indicating that the cerebral structure of athletes in different sports shows specificity in different sports.


Plasticity, Voxel Morphology, Sports Items, Cerebral Structure

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