We use cookies! Read Confidentiality, Terms & Conditions!. Close (auto)
www.pansportmedical.ro
EFSMA european federation of sports medicine associations
www.medicinasportiva.ro
Newsletter Medicina Sportiva

Romanian Society for Sports Medicine



Home       • Contact        • Sport Medicine Journal      • International Events Calendar     • Information




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


PHYSICAL WORKING CAPACITY OF 12-17 YEARS OLD VISUALLY IMPAIRED BOYS AND GIRLS

Diana Dimitrova, Irena Ljudmilova
National Sports Academy “V. Levski”, Sofia, Bulgaria


INTRODUCTION. Cardiorespiratory endurance is an important component of health-related physical fitness. The main factor for improving of aerobic fitness is physical activity. Visually impaired children has lower level of habitual physical activity that their counterparts with normal vision.
The aim of this study is to examine the age- and sex-associated variations of PWC170 of visually impaired children and adolescents.
Methods. In this study participated 109 blind adolescents (64 boys and 45 girls), pupils at both special schools for visually impaired children in Bulgaria, aged between 12 and 19 years. Physical working capacity (PWC170) was measured in W, using Monark bicycle as a continuous test with three workloads of 3 min each. Statistical significance between means was tested by Student’s t-test.
The PWC170 of visually impaired adolescents was about 70% of that of normal adolescents at the same age. When PWC170 was expressed per kilogram of body weight no significant difference was found between age groups, but the differences between both sexes remained significant. The expressing of PWC170 in relative values didn’t change the difference between visually handicapped and sighted boys and girls. The results showed that visually impaired adolescents have considerably lower physical working capacity than sighted adolescents, probably due to their low habitual physical activity. That could negatively impact on their health and well-being.
Key words: visually impaired adolescents, PWC170.





top
Web creator - Gabriel Panait M.D. Information belongs to S.Ro.M.S -  contact person Mirela Vasilescu M.D.


S.Ro.M.S 's web section is freely created and hosted on   www.medicinasportiva.ro  -  according to Terms & Conditions



www.medicinasportiva.ro
Online since
March, 23 2006
Google
www  www.medicinasportiva.ro
www.medicinasportiva.ro

Website Statistics
Copyright© MedicinaSportiva.Ro & Partners. All rights reserved.