Changes in pulmonary function after long-duration adventure racing in adolescent athletes

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

International Journal of Sports Medicine




School of Medical and Health Sciences / Centre for Exercise and Sports Science Research




Birat, A., Garnier, Y., Dodu, A., Grossoeuvre, C., Dupont, A. C., Mucci, P., . . . Ratel, S. (2022). Changes in pulmonary function after long-duration adventure racing in adolescent athletes. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 43(8), 687-693.


The present study investigated the acute effects of a mixed-modality, long-duration adventure race on pulmonary function in adolescent athletes. Twenty male adolescents aged 14 to 17 years volunteered to participate in a wilderness adventure race of 68.5-km. Expiratory function was evaluated before, immediately after, and 24 h after race completion. Measurements included forced vital capacity (FVC), forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV 1) and peak expiratory flow (PEF). Maximal inspiratory and expiratory mouth static pressures (MIP and MEP, respectively) were also measured using a portable hand-held mouth pressure meter across the same time points. The mean completion time of the race was 05:38±00:20 hours. A significant post-race decrease in FVC was observed immediately after the race (-5.2%, p=0.01). However, no significant changes were observed for FEV1, PEF and the FEV 1/FVC and FEV1/PEF ratios. In addition, estimates of respiratory muscle strength (MIP and MEP) were unaffected by the race. The long-duration adventure race induced no marked reduction in expiratory pulmonary function and this response was associated with no apparent respiratory muscle fatigue. Therefore, the pulmonary system of trained adolescent athletes was sufficiently robust to sustain the mixed-modality, long-duration adventure race of ~ 5-6 h.



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