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Acta Medica Medianae
Vol. 48, No1 , Januar, 2009
UDK 61
YU ISSN 0365-4478


Correspondence to:
Dragan Radovanović

Fakultet sporta i fizičkog vaspitanja Univerziteta u Nišu

Čarnojevića 10a

18000 Niš, Srbija

Tel.: 018/ 511-940 lok.106

E-mail: drdr@bankerinter.net








Original article




Dragan Radovanovic1, Marko Aleksandrovic1, Nenad Đ. Stojiljkovic1, Aleksandar Ignjatovic2, Tijana Popovic3 i Marjan Marinkovic4


Fakultet sporta i fizičkog vaspitanja Univerziteta u Nišu1

Pedagoški fakultet u Jagodini Univerziteta u Kragujevcu2

Fakultet sporta i fizičkog vaspitanja Univerziteta u Beogradu3

Vojna akademija Beograd4


Cardiorespiratory or aerobic endurance is the ability of the whole body to sustain physical activity for an extended period of time, involving relatively large groups of muscles. The attitudes on the possible impact of training on cardiorespiratory endurance in preadolescents are contradictory. Our study enrolled 195 boys aged 11 to 12 years. Experimental group (n=92) consisted of the children who had been involved with planned and programmed water polo training for at least two years. Control group (n=103) consisted of schoolchildren who only had had regular physical education in schools. Our investigation protocol included standardized anthropometric measurements and tests, performed respecting the appropriate protocols. Statistical analysis of the results demonstrated that there were no significant differences in age and relative values of oxygen consumption (VO2peak). Body height and mass, as well as the skinfold thickness, were significantly higher in experimental group subjects. The values of absolute VO2peak, FVC and FEV1.0 were also significantly higher in the examinees involved with water polo training. These findings stress the importance of a systematic training process even in this early period of growth and development in order for the trainees to acquire important functional advantages. We believe that a properly planned and programmed physical training can significantly contribute to the development of cardiorespiratory endurance even as early as preadolescent age. Acta Medica Medianae 2009;48(1):37-40.


Key words: traininig, endurance, water polo, VO2peak