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Influence of immersion on respiratory requirements during 30-min cycling exercise.
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PMID:  10362054     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Immersion is considered to facilitate exercise-based rehabilitation. However, the drag effect of moving limbs in water, likely to increase the respiratory requirements at exercise, is not mentioned in many reports. The energetic and ventilatory requirements of 30 min steady state cycling exercise performed by healthy male subjects in air and during immersion up to the xiphoid in 33 degrees C water were compared. In the first experimental series nine subjects exercised at the same 60% maximal oxygen consumption (V'O2,max) in air and water. In the two ambient conditions, ventilatory variables had similar values, but the ergometric setting had to be reduced during water immersion so that the workload rated only 69+/-20 W (mean+/-SD) in water versus 121+/-32 W (p<0.001) in air. In the second experimental series, the same ergometric work load (122 W) was achieved by nine subjects with an average V'O2 of 2,210+/-300 mL x min(-1) in air versus 2,868+/-268 mL x min(-1) in water (p<0.001). Resting water immersion caused a marked trend for decreasing vital capacity (p=0.06), but no modification of other ventilatory variables. During exercise at similar V'O2, the average values of minute ventilation (V'E), tidal volume (VT), respiratory frequency (fR), tidal inspiratory time (VT/tI) were not different between water and air. However, at similar ergometric workload, V'E, VT, fR, VT/tI and plasma lactate levels were significantly higher in water than in air. Such consequences of the drag effect of water upon limb movements have not been reported in previous studies relying on shorter exercise bouts. Thus, maintaining steady exercise levels in water either led to a decrease in the workload or required a 25% higher oxygen consumption than in air. These findings may be relevant to the prescription of water immersion rehabilitation programmes.
P H Bréchat; J P Wolf; M L Simon-Rigaud; N Bréchat; J P Kantelip; S Berthelay; J Regnard
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The European respiratory journal     Volume:  13     ISSN:  0903-1936     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. Respir. J.     Publication Date:  1999 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-07-22     Completed Date:  1999-07-22     Revised Date:  2013-05-23    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8803460     Medline TA:  Eur Respir J     Country:  DENMARK    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  860-6     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Physiologie, Faculté de Médecine, Besançon, France.
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MeSH Terms
Exercise / physiology*
Exercise Test
Exercise Therapy
Exercise Tolerance
Immersion / physiopathology*
Oxygen Consumption / physiology*
Pulmonary Ventilation / physiology*
Time Factors

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