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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 4, Issue 3, 2012 pp 125-129

Research Article

A Crossectional Study of VO2max and Plasma Lactate Values in Football Players

Khaled Mohsin Badaam1, N.D. Somwanshi2, U.S. Zingade3 Ahmed Munibuddin4

1,4 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physiology, Govt. Medical College, Aurangabad (MS) INDIA.

2Professor, Dept. of Physiology, Govt. Medical College, Nanded (MS) INDIA.

3Professor, Dept. of Physiology, BJ Medical College, Pune (MS) INDIA.

Academic Editor:  Dr. Aher K. R.



Abstract: Introduction: Football is the most popular sport played all over world. There is scarce published data on football players from India, although there are numerous published reports for American, European and Australian players. Study was conducted to determine VO2max and plasma lactate values of football players. Objective: To evaluate aerobic capacity (VO2max) and anaerobic capacity (lactate) in professional football players and compare it with controls. Methods: 60 males, aged 21 to 24 years were included. Thirty were professional football players and thirty were controls with sedentary lifestyle. Queens College Step Test was used to determine predicted VO2max. An all-out effort of running for 60 seconds was performed by both groups and immediately after that; venous sample was collected for plasma lactate estimation. Unpaired t test was used to test statistical significance. Results and Conclusion: Mean predicted VO2max was 59.53 ± 2.96 ml/kg/min in players, and 42.61 ± 3.45 ml/kg/min in controls, mean plasma lactate 104.03 ± 9.55 mg/dl in players and 65.13 ± 7.6 mg/dl in controls. The difference in VO2max and lactate is statistically highly significant with ‘p’ value less than 0.001. Thus, football players showed superior aerobic and anaerobic capacity. VO2max of local professional players fall in the range reported for elite soccer players from various countries. The coaches may get help in improving performance of players by proper designing of training programs in accordance with research studies. Maybe, this will contribute to put India ahead in international Soccer rankings.