EXPIRATORY VOLUMEN IN THE
FIRST SECOND (FEV1) OF THE ELITE SERBIAN MALE VOLLEYBALL AND HANDBALL
Zlatković Miroljub, Nikolić Jovo
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.
were compared to those predicted for their age and height, based on
formulas for the non-athlete, healthy, non smoking population.
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.