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Pol Merkur Lekarski. 2012 Jul;33(193):13-9.

[The influence of swimming activity on lung function parameters among smoking and non-smoking youth].

[Article in Polish]

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  • 1Uniwersytet Medyczny w Łodzi, Zakład Metodyki Nauczania Ruchu. megifm@gmail.com

Abstract

The aim of the study was to evaluate the influence of regularswimming activity on the respiratory system of smokers and non-smokers.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

The study included 107 students, aged 19 to 24, attending weekly swimming classes. The study was composed of the following elements: measurement of selected respiratory parameters (FVC, FEV,, MIP, MEP), the percentage concentration of blood carboxyhemoglobin (%COHb) and a survey.

RESULTS:

After 10 months of regular swimming activity in the entire study population statistically significant increase in maximal expiratory pressure MEP (alpha < 0.02), maximal inspiratory pressure MIP (alpha < 0.03) and forced vital capacity FVC (alpha < 0.05) was observed. The value of the FEV1 was significantly reduced.

CONCLUSIONS:

Increased respiratory capacity and respiratory muscle strength has been noticed among non-smokers as well as among smokers. The study confirmed the importance of promoting physical activity, especially swimming, among cigarette smokers.

PMID:
22993904
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