The term aerobic capacity represents the sum of aerobic metabolic processes in human organism. It is the bases of the physical working capacity. Parameters of respiratory function are very informative and appropriate for aerobic capacity researching. The purpose of this study was to check possibilities of using respiratory parameters as the indicators of aerobic capacity in athletes and to check differences in regard to non- athletes [1, 2]. The goals were: 1.Analyses of respiratory function parameters in various sports athletes 2.Comparison with values obtained in non-athletes.
This study included 67 athletes (rowers, soccer’s, and judo) and 28 non-athletes. Respiratory parameters (maximal voluntary ventilation / Ve, respiratory volume / RV and breathing frequency / Fr) were measured during determination VO2max, direct method.
Results obtained show statistically higher Ve values in rowers (142 L/min) in regard to soccer’s (123 L/min) and judo (111 L/min). Successfully rowing requires high anaerobic capacity and so effective maximal voluntary ventilation.
These results express the grater values of Ve and other parameters too, in athletes in regard to non-athletes. Reason for these results is just process of training. Other parameters of respiratory function were not useful for determination the aerobic capacity.
These parameters are limitation factors for physical activities only in patients with obstructive and restrictive diseases.
Amela Matavulj, None.