"Tourism, Sport and Health" 2014, no 5


Integral estimation of functional status of external respiratory system of qualified futsal players


Key words:
futsal, functional status, external respiratory system, elite athletes

The purpose of the study was to analyze index changes of the flow-volume curve during training of elite futsal players. The conducted monitoring of respiration rates shows multidirectional responses of bronchial tubes of the respiratory system, vegetative nervous system, local cell and humoral factors. The orientation of the processes to adaptation and enhancement of the oxygen transport function at submaximal loads is being developed in the opposite direction among 15% of the subjects, that can result in the limiting effect of bronchismus, edema and mucus hypersecretion to the oxygen delivered to alveolus and ultimately, decrease physical working capacity. The dynamic monitoring of the training process when estimating the flow-volume curve indices ensures (especially in youth team players) early detection and correction of exercise-induced bronchospasm, specifying its etymology and making an early diagnosis and pharmacological intervention, that makes training and competitive processes more efficient.


Zintegrowana ocena stanu funkcjonalnego układu oddechowego profesjonalnych graczy futsalu

Słowa kluczowe:
futsal, stan funkcjonalny, układ oddechowy, zawodowi sportowcy

Celem pracy była analiza zmian indeksu krzywej „przepływ-objętość” w trakcie treningu zawodowych piłkarzy futsalu. Przeprowadzone badanie wskaźników wentylacji płuc wskazują na wielokierunkowe reakcje oskrzeli, wegetatywnego układu nerwowego i układu odpornościowego. Procesy adaptacyjne i wzmacniające funkcję transportową tlenu w submaksymalnym obciążeniu treningowym przebiegają w kierunku przeciwnym u 15% badanych, co może doprowadzić do zapalenia oskrzeli, obrzęku i nadmiernego wydzielania śluzu do tlenu dostarczanego do pęcherzyków płucnych, co ostatecznie ogranicza wydolność fizyczną piłkarzy. Dynamiczne monitorowanie procesu treningowego dzięki szacowaniu indeksu krzywej „przepływ-objętość”, zapewnia (szczególnie w drużynach młodzieżowych) wczesne wykrywanie i korygowanie skurczu oskrzeli wywołanego wysiłkiem fizycznym, określając jego etymologię i pozwala na postawienie wczesnej diagnozy i wprowadzenia interwencji farmakologicznej, która sprawia, że treningi i gra stają się bardziej efektywne.


In the modern conditions of intensification of loads in sports activity new scientific criteria should be developed to estimate the functional state of the respiratory system of qualified athletes [1].

An athlete’s body influenced by permanent loads is characterized by specific conditions that are extremely rare for an average person. Elite futsal players usually cope well with acute and chronic fatigue, overtraining due to excessive physical loading [2].

Increased and extreme physical loading in sport limit physical activity due to the development of bronchial obstruction, cellular infiltration of the bronchial mucosa, remodeling of the respiratory tract. Depending on the loading volume the capacity of the vascular capillary bed increases, along with blood viscosity, extended mucociliary clearance time, while increased pulmonary engorgement at maximum loading in qualified athletes results in compression of the vessels of the pulmonary circuit and development of acute respiratory distress syndrome. It serves as a basis for the respiratory tract remodeling: respiratory muscle hypertrophy occurs, subendothelial fibrosis is being developed, the decrease in elasticity of the bronchial wall is marked, along with ruptures of alveoli and pulmonary capillary occlusion under mechanical and oxidative stress, increased tone of the sympathetic ANS, which leads to vasoconstriction and reduction of the vascular bed.

Recently, researchers have been more interested in such a significant biomarker of immune inflammation as nitric oxide (II) (NO). The concentration of nitrogen oxide in the exhaled air (NOex) increases significantly especially in the case of eosinophilic airway inflammation. However, despite the extensive experience of using this marker, some aspects are still interpreted ambiguously. The relevance of measuring of the athletes’ NOex level is little studied [3].

So it is vital to define the clinical relevance of the NOex level in qualified athletes under strenuous loading to estimate the comparability of this marker with bronchospasm manifestations of physical loading, as well as predict bronchial hyperresponsiveness.

The purpose of the present study was to analyze index changes of the flow-volume curve during training of elite futsal players.

Materials and methods. The study involved 26 members of the Russian national futsal team (youth and first team, 2012) aged 18-29 years. The study was performed 4 times: in the morning on an empty stomach, after a workout (in the aerobic mode), after training (during submaximal anaerobic exercise), in the early recovery period using a portable electrochemical NO-analyzer (“NObreath”, Bedfont Scientific Ltd.).

To assess changes in the status of external respiratory function a spirogram was recorded using the spirograph "Spiro Spectrum" by Neurosoft. The spirogram was used to estimate the following indicators: vital capacity (VC), forced vital capacity (FVC), forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1), FEV1 / FVC ratio), average air flow rate in the middle of the forced expiration between 25 and 75% FVC ( SOS 25-75), peak flow rate (PFR), instant expiratory flow rate 25% FVC (MEF25), instant expiratory flow rate 50% FVC ( MEFR50 ), instant expiratory flow rate 75% FVC (MEF75).

Results and discussion. Proceeding from the spirographic monitoring of athletes, the majority of the examined in the analysis of the flow-volume curve had an increase of velocity and volume respiratory indices, which can be described as adequate adaptive responses of the respiratory system, particularly lung ventilation, to the training load (Fig. 1).

With the increase in intensity of physical loading during exercise there was a rise in the indicators of respiratory spare abilities (FEV1, FVC, MEF50-75) and of mobilization readiness of the respiratory system to perform additional loading (Fig. 2). These changes were due to involvement of bronchial tubes and bronchioles of the distal respiratory system. The detected capacities indicate the presence of the backup resource of the respiratory system in a group of examined athletes.

High tolerance of endurance exercises in the studied group of athletes, the chance of growth of fitness and sports skills is expected.

However, some athletes (12%) noted the emergence of maladaptive changes with the increase in training loading up to submaximal level.

The findings prove the reduction of the flow-volume curve indices, characterizing speed capabilities of the respiratory system.

According to the analysis of the results, the deterioration in the external respiratory function is mainly caused by bronchial obstruction due to dysregulation of the autonomic tone with the activation of the parasympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system, reflex decrease of bronchial obstruction in response to lower levels of surfactant in the alveoli, which are observed as a consequence of hypoxic activation of lipid peroxidation processes in response to submaximal loading.

Fig. 1. Indices of external respiratory function in qualified futsal players in dynamics of physical loading

Fig. 2. Indices of external respiratory function in qualified futsal players at build-up of intensity of physical loading

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