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"Medicina Sportiva" No.14 - 2008 The 15-th Sports Medicine Balkan Congress
APPLIED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY


FORCED EXPIRATORY VOLUMEN IN THE FIRST SECOND (FEV1) OF THE ELITE SERBIAN MALE VOLLEYBALL AND HANDBALL PLAYERS

Đavolović Brankica, Zlatković Miroljub, Nikolić Jovo
Republic Institute of Sport, Belgrade, Serbia


Forced expiratory volume in the first second (FEV1) is important measure of pulmonary function. It is defined as the volume of air that can be forced out in one second after taking a deep breath.
The aim of this study was to determine if handball and volleyball are associated with better lung function compared to non-athlete, healthy, non-smoking population. For that purpose 18 elite male volleyball players (age: 24 +/- 5 years, years of playing: 13 +/- 2, hours of training per week: 37 +/-  3) and 19 elite male handball players ( age: 22 +/- 6 years, years of playing: 11 +/- 2, hours of training per week: 33 +/- 6) volunteered for the study. Forced expiratory volume in the first second (FEV1) of all volleyball and handball players was measured by flow spirometer.
Results were compared to those predicted for their age and height, based on formulas for the non-athlete, healthy, non smoking population.
 Elite Serbian male volleyball and handball players had FEV1 ranged from 95 % to 132 % (mean value 122%).
Those results are significantly higher than predicted. Also, there was no significant difference in the lung function between these two sports. This study confirms that physical activity, such as volleyball and handball, can improve FEV1, maintaining a normal respiratory function.





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