Comparative Study of Aerobic Performance Between Football and Judo Groups in Prepubertal Boys


avatar Moez Triki 1 , * , avatar Haithem Rebai 1 , avatar Mohammed Shamssain 2 , avatar Kaouthar Masmoudi 3 , avatar Nicole Fellmann 5 , avatar Hela Zouari 1 , avatar Nouri Zouari 3 , avatar Zouhair Tabka 1

1 Unit de Recherche, Sousse Faculty of Medicine, University of Sousse, Tunisia

2 Division School of Health Sciences, Darwin Building, University of Sunderland, UK

3 Functional Exploration Service, Bourguiba Hospital of Sfax, University of Sfax, Tunisia

5 Service de Mdecine du Sport et des Explorations Fonctionnelles, CHUG. Montpied, Clermont-Ferrand, France

How to Cite: Triki M, Rebai H, Shamssain M, Masmoudi K, Fellmann N, et al. Comparative Study of Aerobic Performance Between Football and Judo Groups in Prepubertal Boys. Asian J Sports Med.4(3):34252. doi: 10.5812/asjsm.11452.


Asian Journal of Sports Medicine: 4 (3); 165-174
Published Online: May 19, 2013
Article Type: Research Article
Received: October 5, 2012
Accepted: March 17, 2013


Purpose: The aim of this study was to compare the impact of the practice of football and judo on lung function and aerobic performance of prepubertal boys.

Methods: A total of ninety six prepubertal boys were studied. They assessed a measure of body composition using the skin folds method. They performed lung plethysmography at rest, followed by an incremental exercise test.

Results: There was no significant difference in baseline spirometry between all groups (P>0.05). The maximal oxygen uptake [VO2max] and the VO2 at the ventilatory threshold [VT] were similar between all groups (P>0.05). The maximal minute ventilation [VEmax] of judokas was significantly higher than footballers (P<0.01) and similar at the [VT]. The Heart rate [HR] at [VT] of footballers and judokas was similar and significantly higher than control group (P<0.01). VO2max was significantly related to LM and negatively associated with FM. At the [VT] there was a significant relationship between P[VT] and LM and mainly with VE to VO2 [VT], P[VT] and HR[VT] in all groups.

Conclusion: Training in football and judo does not affect lung volumes and capacities, VO2max and VO2 at the [VT].

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