Maximum Oxygen Consumption of Healthy African Male in United States of America

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Otinwa, G.O.
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EuroJournals Publishing, Inc.
This study was undertaken to assess the cardiorespiratory fitness of healthy African male residing in Cedar Falls, Iowa, U.S.A using actual measure of maximum oxygen consumption (VO2 max). VO2 max was determined using metabolic gas analyzer in an open circuit indirect spirometry at the Exercise Physiology Laboratory of University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, U.S.A. A total of 9 healthy African males who volunteered to participate in the study were measured for height, body weight, body mass index, and body fat percentage. Resting values including heart rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressures were measured. Subjects’ VO2 max was determined using single stage treadmill walk test with the indirect siprometry until subjects reached exhaustion. The highest volume of O2 consumed during one minute of testing was recorded as the maximum heart rate was monitored and recorded throughout the test. Statistical analysis of Vo2 max was based on the computer-generated equation, while descriptive statistics of mean and standard deviation were used in the analysis. VO2 max of subjects was compared with Black Americans norms and was found to be above average. For further improvement in maximum oxygen consumption, aerobic activities such as walking, jogging and running performed 3-5 days a week for 30 – 45 minutes was recommended.
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Cardiorespiratory fitness , Maximum oxygen consumption (Vo2max) , Apparently healthy black Africans , Treadmill walking , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Education
Otinwa, G. O. (2005). Maximum Oxygen Consumption of Healthy African Male in United States of America. Cyprus. European Journal of Scientific Research, Vol. 12 (1), 82 – 86pp.