Ramona Jurcău1, Ioana Jurcău2, Dong Hun Kwak3
1Department of Pathophysiology, Faculty of Medicine, “Iuliu Hatieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2Emergency Clinical Hospital for Children, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
3Korean Lectorate, “Babeş-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Background. Sport (S) and Ginseng (GSG) represent subjects of research interest, but the S-GSG relationship is, yet, rarely investigated.
Aims. The purpose of the present paper is a brief analysis of the Sport-Ginseng (S-GSG) relationship, from the perspective of PubMed publications.
Methods. The S-GSG relationship was analyzed in two types of investigations. A) Comparative analysis for the keyword combinations: Sport AND Ginseng (S-GSG), Sport AND Ginseng AND Fatigue (S-GSG-F), Sport AND Ginseng AND Performance (S-GSG-P), Sport AND Ginseng AND Endurance (S-GSG-E). B) Analysis for all keyword combinations, evaluating the Sex filters, with the corresponding subfilters: male (M), female (F).
Results. The total number of S-GSG publications was 150, for a period of 35 years, since 1983 to date. % of publications from S-GSG are: 17% for S-GSG-F; 38% for S-GSG-P; 24.6% for S-GSG-E. % of publications for M are: 63.3% for S-GSG, 40% for S-GSG-F, 54.3% for S-GSG-P, 62. 1% for S-GSG-E. % of publications for F are: 20% for S-GSG, 8% for S-GSG-F, 21% for S-GSG-P, 13.5% for S-GSG-E.
Conclusions. 1) The average number per year of PubMed publications for S-GSG is 4.2, and the number of publications for 2018 is 7. 2) Of S-GSG, most of the publications were for S-GSG-P. 3) Most M publications were for S-GSG-E, and most F publications were for S-GSG-P. 4) Studies on the S-GSG relationship, although numerically reduced, are still increasing in recent years, covering the areas of interest F, P and E.
Key words: sport, Ginseng, fatigue, performance, endurance, PubMed filters