The comparison of physical fitness and anaerobic capacity in asthmatic and non-asthmatic children

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Aslı Papurcu
Sema Savcı
Buse Ozcan Kahraman
Aylin Tanrıverdi
Gizem Atakul
Egemen Manci
Serap Acar
Suna Asilsoy
Ozkan Karaman
Nevin Uzuner


Asthma, Physical Fitness Test Battery, Anaerobic Capacity, Tri-Axial Accelerometer


Introduction and objective: Asthma, is the most common chronic inflammatory disease in childhood period. It can affect the daily life to an advanced level and may become vital. The purpose of this study is to compare physical fitness and anaerobic capacity in asthmatic children (AC) and non-asthmatic children (NC).
Materials and methods: A total of 47 children participated in the study; 25 individuals with mild to moderate asthma and 22 healthy children were assessed. The assessed variables consist pulmonary function and peripheral muscle strength (PMS). Additionally, physical fitness was evaluated by using fitnessgram test battery, which includes body composition, modi-fied shuttle walk test (MSWT), curl-up test, push-up test, and sit and reach test variables. Anaerobic capacity was measured with wingate anaerobic capacity test (WAnT) and count-er-movement jump (CMJ) using a triaxial accelerometer.
Results: FEV1/FVC ratio (p < 0.01), MSWT (p = 0.001), push-up test (p < 0.01), and WAnT peak power (p < 0.05) were measured significantly to be found reduced in AC compared with that of NC. Between the two groups, PMS, curl-up test, sit and reach test, and CMJ were not significantly different (p > 0.05). High to moderate positive correlation was found among WAnT, CMJ parameters and FEV1, fat-free body mass (FFM), dominant handgrip, and quadriceps strengths (p < 0.05).
Conclusions: Physical fitness level and anaerobic capacity were lower in AC compared with that of NC. Physical fitness parameters and anaerobic exercise capacity should be evaluated on the physiotherapy and rehabilitation program in AC.

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