The Effect of Moderate Altitude on Some Respiratory Parameters of Physical Education and Sports' Students

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Orhan Ö., Bilgin Ü., Cetin E., Oz E., Dolek B. E.

JOURNAL OF ASTHMA, vol.47, no.6, pp.609-613, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 47 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.3109/02770901003725676
  • Journal Name: JOURNAL OF ASTHMA
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
  • Page Numbers: pp.609-613
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Objectives. Analysis of the effects of moderate altitude on some respiratory functions of students enrolled in School of Physical Education and Sports. Methods. The study group comprised of 9 female and 10 male volunteers who were attending a 5-day skiing training camp. All participants were enrolled in School of Physical Education and Sports at Gazi University. The male students had an age range of 22.2 +/- 1.7 years, height of 175.0 +/- 4.3 cm, and body weight of 71.0 +/- 10.4 kg; the female students had an age range of 21.2 +/- 1.7 years, height of 167.1 +/- 4.9 cm, and body weight of 53.7 +/- 4.8 kg. Respiratory tests were performed on the 1st and 5th days (the first and second measurements) at an altitude of 1880 m (in Ilgaz Mountain); 10 days after being exposed to high altitude, further tests were performed at an altitude of 856 m (in Ankara) (the third measurement). Data were analyzed using SPSS software (version 10.0). Intragroup differences were analyzed using repeated measures analysis of variance (ANOVA). According to the results of normality test results, an independent-sample t test was used in comparisons between the groups. A significance level of p < .05 was used in analysis. Results. Statistical analysis indicated that there was no significant difference between the intragroup comparisons of female and male students. Intergroup comparisons showed significant differences in forced vital capacity (FVC), forced expiratory volume (FEV), peak expiratory flow (PEF), maximal voluntary ventilation (MVV), and VC parameters (p < .05). Conclusion. The authors conclude that moderate altitude does not have any effect on some respiratory parameters after 5 days of skiing camp.