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NJBMS - Volume 8, Issue 2, October - December 2017

Pages: 108-116
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Assessment of Aerobic Power (Vo2 Max) in Different Group of Athletic Females in Relation with Body Mass Index and Hemoglobin

Author: Rekha K, Anu S, Antony Selvi S

Category: Physiology


Introduction: Vo2 max is one of the most important indicator of determining cardiopulmonary fitness. The present study was done to find out whether exercise training improves Vo2 max and if so, among which sports group the highest value was observed. The relationship of height, weight and hemoglobin level on Vo2 max was also studied.

Aim & objectives:

1. To assess and compare the maximal oxygen uptake (Vo2 max) in different groups of athletic females.

2. To find out the relationship between Vo2 max, BMI and Hemoglobin concentration in different groups of female athletes.

Materials & Methods: This study was conducted in the physical education department. Randomly selected Forty trained female athletes, between 18-25 years of age without any medical illness were included in the study group which was subdivided into four groups (Volleyball, Basketball, Khokho & Ball badminton) consisting of 10 in each group. Control group consisted of untrained females of the same age group. Vo2 max was determined using Bruce protocol in a treadmill test.

Results: Mean value for the Vo2 max was found to be less in Control (23.065ml/Kg/min) compared

to Study group (p<0.001) and among athletes, Vo2 max was more in the basket ball

(36.367ml/Kg/min) players with the maximum height (163.1cm) than other groups . Hemoglobin values were less in study group compared to the control group (p value Ë‚ 0.001) No significant difference was observed in BMI between the control and study groups.

Conclusion: Endurance training as well as height significantly influences the aerobic power than the BMI & Hemoglobin concentration.

Keywords: Athletes, females, Vo2 max, BMI, Haemoglobin level

DOI: 8207