POSTURAL EFFECTS ON COMPARTMENTAL VOLUME CHANGES OF BREATHING BY OPTOELECTRONIC PLETHYSMOGRAPHY IN HEALTHY SUBJECTS

  • R.J. Liing
  • K.H. Lin
  • T.W. Lu
  • S.C. Chen
Keywords: Postural effect, compartmental volume changes, optoelectronic plethysmography

Abstract

Breathing pattern was an important factor to affect the performance of sports for athletes. Optoelectronic plethysmography (OEP) was a new method to evaluate breathing pattern by measuring compartmental volume (upper thorax (UT), lower thorax (LT), and abdomen (AB)) freely without limitation. Previous study already investigated the swimmers had better breathing pattern measured by OEP (Karine et al., 2008) in sitting posture. Swimming, such as backstroke, is perfromed in supine posture, but previous study did not consider the postural effect on breathing pattern. This study explored the compartmental volume changes of healthy subjects in different postures.