An investigation into the relationship between anaerobic work capacity, percentage body fat and grade of asthma in asthmatics and a healthy control group

The goal of this study was to compare the anaerobic working capacity of asthmatic children to that of a healthy control group and to ascertain the relationship between the degree of asthma, anaerobic exercise and percentage body fat. A total of 41 children, 21 asthmatics and 20 healthy children (13-...

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Published in: The South African journal of physiotherapy Vol. 47; no. 2; pp. 28 - 33
Main Author: Burger, M., Geyer, M., Regel, W., Smit, G.M., Terblanche, E. & Hendryk, J.A.
Format: Journal Article
Language: Afrikaans
English
Published: SA Society of Physiotherapy 06-01-1991
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Summary: The goal of this study was to compare the anaerobic working capacity of asthmatic children to that of a healthy control group and to ascertain the relationship between the degree of asthma, anaerobic exercise and percentage body fat. A total of 41 children, 21 asthmatics and 20 healthy children (13-18 years) were tested. Three variables - percentage body fat, pulmonary function and fitness - were measured. It was found that there is very little difference between the asthmatic and the healthy child, with regard to anthropometric measurements, fitness and anaerobic working capacity. A poor correlation was found between percentage body fat, pulmonary function and anaerobic working capacity. The results further showed that there is a slight correlation between the percentage body fat and anaerobic working capacity. This tendency can only be confirmed with a larger random sample of children.The researchers conclude that asthmatics, irrespective of the degree of asthma, are not restricted as far as anaerobic activities are concerned. They can  therefore lead a normal healthy life and, as far as anaerobic exercise is  concerned, can compete on equal terms with healthy children.
ISSN: 0379-6175
2410-8219
DOI: 10.4102/sajp.v47i2.761