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Applying elite research to the general population
  1. N C C Sharp,
  2. L Dimitriou,
  3. M Doherty
  1. Sports Sciences, Brunel University, Uxbridge UB8 3PH, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Professor Sharp;{at}

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We are writing in response to the letter by Dr Webborn1 about our circadian research on competition swimmers.2 His first comment, namely that the media may wrongly slant a “take home message”, is understandable. Had he read our message more carefully, he would have seen that we noted that our observation—that there is a morning lowering of IgA and an increase in cortisol—“might not be acceptable to elite competitors”, and that we strongly qualified it by considering that early morning sessions should: “perhaps be avoided by those returning to training after …

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