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Article Title

EFFECTS OF SWIMMING ON FORCED VITAL CAPACITY IN RUNNERS

Authors

C Swenson
M Agre

Abstract

C. Swenson & M. Agre
Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN

Significant negative correlations were reported between race running time and forced vital capacity (Pringle, Latin, Berg, 2005). Water-based training programs significantly increased pulmonary volumes, while land-based running programs did not (Cordain, Tucker, Moon, 1990). The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of a swim training program on forced vital capacity in recreational runners. Ten collegiate recreational runners are participating in this study. Subjects are randomly assigned to either a running program or a swimming program for eight weeks. A parallel group design is being used in this study to examine differences in the dependent variable of forced vital capacity (FVC) between the independent variables of the two groups. Subjects in the running group are running at least ten miles per week, while the swimmers are swimming at least two and a half miles per week. Forced vital capacity values are being measured before and after the training program. Significant differences (p < 0.05) in the pre-test and post-test scores for each group will be analyzed using an independent t-test. Expected results may indicate that there will be a significant increase in FVC in the swimmers compared to the runners. The expected results of this study suggest that adding swimming to a runner’s training program will increase FVC and may improve running performance. Data collection is in progress and will be completed and analyzed by the time of the conference. IRB 1415-0086.

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