Ventilatory response to exercise of elite soccer players

  • Adriano Di Paco | dipaco69@gmail.com Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Weaning Center, Auxilium Vitae, Volterra, Pisa, Italy; Rehabilitation Bioengineering Laboratory, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and Auxilium Vitae, Volterra, Italy.
  • Giosuè A. Catapano Institute of Clinical Physiology, G. Monasterio Foundation/Clinical Research Council, Pisa, Italy.
  • Guido Vagheggini Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Weaning Center, Auxilium Vitae, Volterra, Pisa, Italy; Rehabilitation Bioengineering Laboratory, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and Auxilium Vitae, Volterra, Italy.
  • Stefano Mazzoleni Rehabilitation Bioengineering Laboratory, ScuolaSuperioreSant’Anna and Auxilium Vitae, Volterra; The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy.
  • Matteo Levi Micheli Physical Education, Sport and Health, University of Florence, Florence, Italy.
  • Nicolino Ambrosino Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Weaning Center, Auxilium Vitae, Volterra, Pisa, Italy; Rehabilitation Bioengineering Laboratory, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and Auxilium Vitae, Volterra, Italy.

Abstract

Background: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the role of ventilatory parameters in maximal exercise performance in elite soccer players.

Methods: From September 2009 to December 2012, 90 elite soccer players underwent evaluation of lung function test and ergospirometry by means of an incremental symptom-limited treadmill test. Results were analyzed according to i) maximal exercise velocity performed (Hi-M: high-performers, >18.65 km/h; Lo-M: low-performers, <18.65 km/h) and ii) usual role in the team.

Results: Hi-M showed higher peak minute ventilation (V_ Epeak: 158.3 ± 19.5 vs 148.0 ± 18.54 L/min, p = 0.0203), and forced expiratory volume at first second (5.28 ± 0.50 vs 4.89 ± 0.52 liters, p < 0.001) than Lo-M, independently of playing role. Moreover, a significant correlation between peak oxygen uptake and V_ E (r = 0.57, p < 0.001) was found.

Conclusions: Ventilatory response plays a role in the assessment of exercise capacity in elite soccer players.

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2014-04-01
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Keywords:
Exercise testing, Field performance, Team sports, Training, Ventilatory parameters
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Di Paco, A., Catapano, G. A., Vagheggini, G., Mazzoleni, S., Levi Micheli, M., & Ambrosino, N. (2014). Ventilatory response to exercise of elite soccer players. Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine, 9(1). https://doi.org/10.4081/mrm.2014.414