2009, Volume 5, Issue 1

Aerobic capacity of male judokas in comparison with university students of the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education

Tatjana Trivić1, Patrik Drid1, Slavko Obadov1

1Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia, Brak

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Background and Study Aim: Aerobic capacity is a general parameter of all metabolic processes in the body, representing the overall work capacity of an athlete. In order to evaluate their aerobic capacity, we studied some of the functional abilities of male judokas and compared them with 1st and 4th year students of the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education.
Material and Methods: The investigation included 60 participants in total (20 judokas, 20 1st year-students, and 20 4th year-students as controls). An assessment of the subjects’ aerobic capacity was performed on COSMED treadmill (T 170), and data collected by COSMED gas analyser (CPET; breath-by-breath method). A maximal multi-workload protocol was used on the treadmill, with direct measurements of maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max), ventilation (VE), and heart rate (HR) taken during the protocol.
Results: Judokas had the highest mean VO2max (52.6 ml/kg/min), followed by 1st year-students (49.2 ml/kg/min), and finally 4th year-students (45.8 ml/kg/min).
Conclusions: The outcome of this experiment demonstrates that trained judokas have higher VO2max compared to undergraduate students which is likely a result of training. Relatively low results of 4th year students indicate the need for the improvement of the aerobic potential, as well as their relatively bed physical conditioning.

Key words: athletes, judo, maximal oxygen consumption, physical education students, treadmill