Estimation of aerobic capacity among university students and determination of its related factors

Kermanjani, Bahareh and Allahyari, Teimour and Mohebbi, Iraj and Khalkhali, Hamidreza (2023) Estimation of aerobic capacity among university students and determination of its related factors. Health Science Monitor, 2 (3).

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Background & Aims: Aerobic capacity has a significant impact on both health and work performance. Therefore, promoting the health and improving the performance of employees require examining and paying attention to their aerobic capacity. The primary purpose of the current study was to determine the aerobic capacity and to analysis individual factors associated with VO2max among university students. Materials & Methods: One hundred and thirty male and female students with a mean age of 21.6 ± 0.4 years, voluntarily participated in the present study. Aerobic capacity was determined using ergometer and the Astrand protocol. Demographic information and body mass index (BMI) of participants were also collected. Data were analyzed by using single and multiple-regression techniques. Results: Mean maximum aerobic capacity was 2.18 ± 0.41 L/min. The maximum aerobic capacity was associated with weight, BMI and heart rate. The results of regression analysis indicated that BMI and heart rate could significantly predict the VO2max of the students. The best VO2max prediction equation has been developed based on regression analysis. Conclusion: The mean of students’ VO2max is lower than the counterpart population in the same society. The lack of regular exercise and a subsequent increase in BMI may lead to a significant decrease in VO2max. The significant relationship between HR, BMI and VO2max could be used to predict VO2max in young people.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aerobic capacity, Astrand protocol, BMI, Ergometer bicycle
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2023 09:02
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2023 09:02

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