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Pulmonary Function Parameters in Relation to Specific and Generic Aerobic Muscle Capacities in Recreational and Disabled Post-Covid-19 Swimmers

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Studies examining the impact of COVID-19 on infected patients have consistently shown that the lungs are the most affected organ. Thus, the objective of this research is to assess the pulmonary function of individuals enrolled in the swimming program who have experienced COVID-19 infection and are dealing with long-COVID conditions. The study investigated 21 persons for anthropometric indices (body mass and height), pulmonary function assessed by spirometry (FVC, FEV1, FEV1/FVC ratio), generic cardiovascular fitness tests (6-minute walk and 30 seconds sit- to-stand), and swimming tests (50- and 100-meters swims). Our participants had average FVC values of 5.23L in males and 3.70L in females, average FEV1 values of 4.23L for males, and 2.68L for females, and an average FEV1/FVC ratio of 81.24% among males, and 73.05% among females, indicating normal pulmonary function parameters. The results of this research support the theory that swimming is beneficial for improving and maintaining the levels of pulmonary function even in patients after respiratory tract infection, such as the COVID-19 infection.

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